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June 13th, 2009
This is a free attraction located in near the Department of the Interior Building on E Street and 18th Street NW.
The Statue of Simon Bolivar (1783-1830) is one of three statues of South American Heroes located in this area of Washington DC. He dedicated his life to the freeing of Venezuela from the domination of Spain.
The front of the base reads: "Simon Bolivar The Liberator Born July 24 1783 Caracas Venezuela Died December 17 1830 Santa Marta Colombia." Another plaque on the ground states in Spanish: "19 de April de 1810 -- 20 de Febrerode 1859 Independencia -- Federacion Republica de Venezuela" and two more inscriptions on the sides of the base read: "The Republic of Venezuela to the United States of America 1958" and "Liberated Venezuela Columbia Ecuador Peru Bolivia and Panama"
Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar Palacios y Blanco called El Libertador (1783-1830) was a leader of several independence movements throughout South America, collectively known as Bolívar's War. After a meeting in Guayaquil, in 1822, with Argentine General José de San Martín, who had received the title of Protector of Peruvian Freedom, in August 1821, after having partially liberated Peru from the Spanish, Bolívar took over the task of fully liberating Peru. The Peruvian congress named him dictator of Peru, in 1824. Bolívar, assisted by Antonio José de Sucre, decisively defeated the Spanish cavalry, in 1824, at Junín. Sucre destroyed the numerically superior remnants of the Spanish forces at Ayacucho in December of that year. Along with José de San Martín, Bolívar is regarded as one of the Liberators of Spanish South America.
An interesting fact about this statue is the height of the tip of the sword touching 27 feet makes this eight-ton statue technically the tallest in town.
Above: Statue of Simone Bolivar