Located in the Potosi and Oruro departments of the country’s southwestern regions, Salar de Uyuni (otherwise called the Salar de Tunupa) is the most expansive saltflat in the entire world. To be specific, it has a total area of 10,582 square kilometers, enough to boost the industry of salt mining Bolivia is famous for.
Salar de Uyuni emerged as an important resource for the country out of the transformations of various ancient lakes. The surface of the Salar de Tunupa is so extraordinarily flat that variations in the altitude come only within a meter or so of the area’s entire average. The flatness of this large area also makes it an ideal point for altimeter calibration among the planet’s satellites.
Other than salt, the Salar de Uyumi also covers an expanse of lithium, estimated to be around 50 to 70% of the planet’s entire reserves. The metal, which is widely used in the creation of ceramics and glass, is yet to be systematically extracted from the salt flat.
You do not have to be dismayed in any way locating the well renowned Copacabana town as it is just along the shows of the popular Lake Titicaca. In fact, its unique touristic attraction features such as the amazing and huge 16th century memorable shrine has made it the talk of every Bolivian dweller as well as the visitors.
The amazement doesn’t end there, Bolivia as country has treasured its culture in many ways. This is made evident on visiting the highly treasured sacred island called Isla del Sol by means of boats which are ever plenteous at Lake Titicaca. Also,this this amazing tour is made by people from all over the world.
Nevertheless, the charming atmosphere is even made more memorable by realizing that you’re right at the locations of the Basilica, which is honored on the grounds of being the patron saint, also known to be Our Lady of Copacabana. This is perfectly believed to have been the hometown to the Virgin of Copacabana. Basically, many tourists have made the town to be their destination whenever they visit Bolivia.
Apart from Bolivia, which was named after Simon Bolivar, there are many more Latin American countries today that owe their existence to this one man who dedicated his life to the fight for independence of four South American states including Venezuela, Haiti, Colombia and Peru from the Spanish. He was a Spaniard born in July 24th, 1783 in Venezuela’s capital city of Caracas.
His dream of an independent Latin America, free from Spanish colonization, as well as the formation of a common federation and would see him fight many battles in his life, lose his family and fortune. Independence movements were already in existence in 1810 and 1811. He joined them at the age of 28 and never looked back. It was at this time that he was forced to flee Venezuela, after fighting Spanish soldiers in a revolt he lost. He managed to capture Caracas two years later in 1813 and led the country as a dictatorship before Royalist defense forces overthrew him the next year, when he sought exile in Jamaica. He moved to Haiti the next year, and was well received by the military commander of the Southern territories known as General Marion. During his time in Haiti, his vision was shared by the then Haitian President Petion who requested Bolivar to ensure that slaves were set free in the countries where he would fight for freedom. He also provided weapons, ammunition as well as manpower in the form of Haitian soldiers who supported his cause.
With this support, he invaded Venezuela once more in 1817. His revolt succeeded and saw become President of the new revolutionary government formed at Ciudad Bolivar, then known as Angostura. Simon Bolivar continued to advance his freedom and independence agenda, and as President, fought the Spanish army at Boyacá. His success saw him include merge New Granada with Venezuela, to form the new republic of Colombia. The first of many monuments dedicated to his name includes the Bolivar peninsula in 1820.
Seven years later in 1824, Simon Bolivar led independent Peruvian forces who were seeking independence in a successful revolt that saw him elected President of the independent Peru a year later in 1825. He created the republic of Bolivia, named in his honor from southern Peru. Three years later in August 1928, he resigned as President of Colombia and attempted to take back power but was unable to bring together the different warring factions and finally in 1830, he relinquished power.
Simon Bolivar’s achievements were recognized more than a century later in July 20th 1968 in Venezuela, the country that he first freed at Port Bolivar. A plaque was unveiled at the Port Bolivar recreation centre outside the building. The ceremony saw the nations that received independence due to Simon Bolivar’s struggles represented.
It acknowledges Simon Bolivar as the founder of the republic of Bolivia, and shows the five countriesfor whose freedom he fought.
Today, Simon Bolivar is still acknowledged as a freedom fighter and liberator. His integrity and perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds, which saw him free and create the countries that exist in Latin America today is greatly honored.
Simon Bolivar quotes are many, but among those one is significantly relevant even today to politics as well everyday lives. It goes like this ‘Fight and you shall win. For God grants victory to perseverance.’ He did compare himself and his plight with those of Jesus Christ and Don Quixote when he was in his death bed by saying ‘The three greatest fools of History have been Jesus Christ, Don Quixote and me!’ Historically some of his last words were ‘All who have served the Revolution have plowed the sea.’
His wish for liberty for all extended to his own set of slaves, he owned a great number of them as were customary for all aristocrats to have; Simon Bolivar was the first aristocrat to set his slaves free. Later he made great endeavors to abolish slavery in this part of the American continent, in the Western Hemisphere.
Manuela Saenz was Simon Bolivar’s longstanding love of life. She was instrumental in saving his life from imminent death in the year 1815.
Manuela Saenz’s symbolic remains were buried by the side of Simon Bolivar at his grave at Caracas in 2010. This was done to honor her love for the legendary political and military leader and her contribution towards the liberation of the country alongside him.
Simon Bolivar’s grandfather had paid 22,000 ducats to obtain a title of nobility granted by the Spanish king during the Spanish rule in Venezuela in 1728. Unfortunately, it never came through; otherwise Bolivar’s elder brother would have become Marques de San Luis.
During his study tours, Simon Bolivar was present at Notre Dame to see the coronation of Napoleon, an event that influenced him no end. He envisioned the glorious moment when he would be able to free his country and liberate his own countrymen.
The young Simon Bolivar was first placed in the care of Miguel Jose Sanz, after his mother’s death, to be educated; the teacher turned out to be extremely strict. Back home the young boy went through a number of private tutors before he finally settled comfortably with Don Simon Rodriguez. Besides, learning from the books Don Simon taught Simon Bolivar many other things including riding, swimming, and mountain climbing and enlightened the young boy about history, sociology, human rights, politics and liberty.
Don Simon’s rich instructions came to an end when Simon Bolivar was 14 years old; Don Simon Rodriguez had to flee the country as he was charged with revolt and conspiracy against the then ruling Spanish reign. Thereafter, Bolivar had to join the Milicias de Veraguas, the Military Academy, where he gained vast knowledge about arms and strategies and became fervently passionate about. This knowledge and discipline came in much need when he was fighting for his country’s independence during the years 1810 to 1824.