“If you are exploring Latin American history and culture, this better be on your itinerary”
During my trip to Santa Marta, I was sad to see how few travelers even knew who Simon Bolivar was, much less that the house where he died a fugitive in a country he had forged was but a few bus stops away.
Quick little historic blurb: Simon Bolivar is credited with leading the armies throughout Latin America that overthrew the Spanish Crown in what is now Venezuela (birthplace), Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Bolivia, covering some of the most variable and rough terrain that this globe has to offer. Once Spain ceded control of its South American colonies, previous generals who had all fought a common enemy were now carving up their own fifedoms. An extremely complex political battle ensued, and the "Great Liberator" was now an exile, fighting murder plots, slander, and tuberculosis. It was in the Quinta of San Pedro Alejandrino where he was given a safe hide from the current political climate and hopefully his unrelenting illness. He would not survive his stay, and his death, and the circumstances around it would unfortunately be a harbinger of modern Latin American political power struggles.
If there is any part of you that claims to have an interest in latin american culture, then a visit to this landmark is mandatory.
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