Today Venezuela celebrates the 200th anniversary of its initial independence, an occasion celebrated by the country's population. Several Latin American countries including Mexico and Colombia will also be commemorating their bicentennials this year.
Undoubtedly the most important figure in numerous Latin American independence movements was Simon Bolivar. Bolivar has reached a mythical status throughout the Americas including in Venezuela where the country's name was changed to reflect his importance. Below is part of a documentary narrated by Mexican author Carlos Fuentes that explains Bolivar's indelible impact throughout the region:
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