The King of South America

Simón Bolívar (1783–1830) may not have been the King of South America, but he came pretty damn close.

He was instrumental in liberating several South American states from Spanish rule and even united them for a short time under “Gran Colombia”. Unfortunately for him, his vision of a United States of South America never came to be. But hey, at least they named several cities, roads, monuments after him. Oh, and a whole country too: Bolivia.

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