Simon Bolivar was born as Simon Jose Antonio de la Santisima Trinidad Bolivar y Palacios y Blanco on 24th July 1783 in his Caracas family home. He died of tuberculosis at the age of forty seven in 1830, December 17. By 1799, the sixteen year-old Simon went off to France,Mexico and Spain for his education. He married Maria Teresa Rodriguez del Toro y Alaiza in 1802 when he was just nineteen in Madrid; his bride died shortly after coming home to Venezuela.
Simon Bolivar had no children of his own but favored one of his brother’s sons and sent him to France for further education. His elder sister’s grandchildren still live in Caracas.
Prior to being sent off for studying, little Simon was taken care of by Hipolita, who was a black slave woman. Simon Bolivar often referred to her ‘as the only father I have known’.