El Libertador, South America's George Washington, was 100 years dead last week. Officials of a dozen nations united to do him honor. Messages were sent, editorials published, statues unveiled and holidays declared. Only the fact that three of the six nations which he founded have suffered either revolution or political insurrections in the past year prevented El Libertador's centenary from being even more festive.

Simon Bolivar was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1783, the son of an aristocratic, enormously wealthy Spanish coffee planter; In a series of violent, bloody campaigns he...

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