Bolívar, Simón

[ (see-mohn buh-lee-vahr) ]

A Venezuelan revolutionary leader of the early nineteenth century who fought Spanish troops for the independence of countries in northern South America. The areas where Bolívar fought are now in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, which was named in his honor.

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