DEATH OF SIMON BOLIVAR
THE LIBERATOR OF SOUTH AMERICA PASSES AWAY
February 15, 1831
A breaking news report on the front page is headed: “DEATH OF BOLIVAR!!” “The (Jamaica) Courant contains the official announcement of the death of General Simon Bolivar, the Liberator of South America.” This historic issue also, Bolivar’s last proclamation to the Colombian people which he states, in part, “COLOMBIANS:–You have aided me in concentrating my forces to cherish liberty where tyranny had fixed its abode. I have unceasingly and disinterestedly exerted my best energies for your welfare. I have even abandoned my fortune and my personal tranquility in your cause. My enemies abuse your credulity, and endeavor to destroy my reputation by questioning my love of liberty; and fell0w-citizens, I grieve to say it, that I am the victim of my persecutors, who have now conducted me almost to my grave;–but I pardon them.” The great San Martin also weighs in on the passing of Bolivar in a proclamation. Bolivar fought hard to rid South America of Spanish colonialism.
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