Bolívar's Botched Bequest

Latin America's Liberator and the Tyrants Who Love Him

Author: Ilan Stavans
May/June 2013
Foreign Affairs

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When he died of tuberculosis in 1830, the Venezuelan revolutionary Simón Bolívar -- a military leader and politician who guided Latin America to independence from colonial Spain and who is known throughout Latin America as El Libertador -- was buried in the Cathedral of Santa Marta, in what is now Colombia. But Bolívar has enjoyed little rest since then: the Liberator's bones have been dug up several times, ultimately finding their way to present-day Venezuela.

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