Simón Bolívar was born 234 years ago today. This great historical figure was anything but boring. You might remember him from that far off Latin American history class, but there are some surprising facts about “The Liberator” of six countries in Latin America that the textbooks seem to leave out. Or maybe I just don’t remember all the details from my history professor’s lectures in her jarring East Boston accent. Anyway, here are some fun facts about the one and only Simón Bolívar that might come as a surprise.
His Full Name is Long AF
If you’ve ever complained about a hyphenated or long name, think again. Are you ready for this? Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios Ponte y Blanco. Quite a mouthful. And if having Santísima Trinidad in your name doesn’t make you a badass, then I don’t know what does.