“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Guatemala City, Guatemala, Guatemala

Simón Bolívar

Simón Bolivar Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 6, 2016
1. Simón Bolivar Marker
Simón Bolívar
Venezuela · Colombia · Ecuador · Peru · Bolivia · Panamá

La soberanía del Pueblo es la única autoridad legitima de las naciones

Creo en la libertad, madre de America,
Creadora de mares dulces en la tierra
y en Bolivar, su hijo. Seńor nuestro
que nacio en Venezuela, padecio
bajo el poder espańol, fue combatido,
sintiose muerto sobre el Chimborazo
y con el iris descendio a los infiernos.
Resucito a la voz de Colombia
toco al eterno con sus manos
y esta parado junto a Dios.
No nos juzgues, Bolivar, antes del dia ultimo,
porque creemos en la comunión de los hombres
que comulgan con el pueblo, solo el pueblo
hace libres a los hombres. Proclamamos
guerra a muerte y sin perdón a los tiranos.
Creemos en la resurrección de los heroes
y en la vida perdurable de los que como tu,
Libertador, no mueren. Cierran los ojos y se quedan velando.
Miguel Angel Asturias

1990 plaqueta adicional sobre la inauguración del monumento en presencia del Presidente de Guatemala Marco Vinicio Cerezo Arévalo y Ministro de Relaciones de Exteriores de Venezuela Reinaldo Figueredo Planhart, juntos con Presidente de la Comisión Juan José Rodil Peralta.

English translation:

Simón Bolívar
Venezuela ·
Simón Bolivar Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 6, 2016
2. Simón Bolivar Marker
Colombia · Ecuador · Peru · Bolivia · Panamá

The sovereignty of the People is the only legitimate authority over nations.

I believe in liberty, mother of the Americas.
Creator of sweet seas on the earth
and in Bolívar, her son and our Father,
who was born in Venezuela, suffered
under the power of the Spanish, was fought
and thought himself dead at Chimborazo
and with the iris he descended into hell
and awakening the voice of Colombia
he touched eternity with his hands and
is at the right hand of God.
Don’t judge us, Bolívar, until the judgement day,
because we believe in the communion of all those that
share with the people, because only the people
make mankind free. We proclaim
a war to the death with no mercy for tyrants.
We believe in the resurrection of the heroes
and in the everlasting life of those like you,
Liberator, that never die. Real heroes only close their eyes and continue to watch over us.
Miguel Angel Asturias

1990 additional marker on the inauguration of the monument to Bolívar in presence of the President of Guatemala Marco Vinicio Cerezo Arevalo and Minister of Foreign Relations of Venezuela Reinaldo Figueredo Planhart, together with the President of the monument Commission Juan José Rodil Peralta.
Erected 1990.
Simón Bolivar Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 6, 2016
3. Simón Bolivar Marker
14° 35.54′ N, 90° 31.108′ W. Marker is in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Marker is on Avenida Las Americas just south of 2a Calle, in the median. Click for map. The marker is along the walking path along Avenida Las Americas, Zone 10 of Guatemala City.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Antonio José de Irisarri (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); General Francisco de Paula Santander (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); General José de San Martín (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Benito Juárez (approx. one kilometer away); Captain General Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); Carlos Merida (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); Fire at the Spanish Embassy in Guatemala (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); The Ceiba, Guatemala's National Tree (approx. 1.7 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Guatemala City.
Regarding Simón Bolívar. Every country in Latin America has a memorial to Simón Bolívar, the leader of the original independence movement of South America against Spain. The six nations formed from the area he liberated are shown here as part of the text, which is typical for many monuments to him. Interestingly, the monument commission also chose to include the "Creed" by Miguel Angel Asturias, the Guatemala Nobel Prize winning author. Asturias
Simón Bolivar Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 6, 2016
4. Simón Bolivar Marker
wrote this poem in 1954 from Buenos Aires, Argentina, most likely as a response to a similar poem written by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda in 1950 ("Canto a Bolívar"). The poems are obviously a play on the wording of the Lord's Prayer, which many then and now have found to be somewhat offensive or controversial. However, ultimately the poems also emphasize the importance that Bolívar has to the psyche of Latin Americans and their history.
Categories. Colonial EraPatriots & PatriotismWars, Non-US
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador. This page has been viewed 118 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador. This page was last revised on October 9, 2016.
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