Keeping watch over Central Park South and Sixth Avenue from high atop his marble pedestal is the statue of Simon Bolivar, a famed military leader who led Venezuela and several other South American countries to independence in the 1800s.
Here are some other interesting facts about this famous revolutionary:
Born in 1783 to mother Dona María de la Concepción Palacios y Blanco and father Coronel Don Juan Vicente Bolívar y Ponte, Bolivar was baptized as Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios. Relatives came from all over Venezuela to celebrate the birth and donate even more names to the boy.
An accomplished rider, Bolivar was always seen sitting atop his faithful horse Rodrigo, So attached was Bolivar to his faithful steed, he rode him everywhere, even indoors. Bolivar’s mansion in Venezuela was built with high ceilings and doors. Sadly, Rodrigo passed away before the oversized bathtub was complete.
While a military academy student, Bolivar witnessed the coronation of Napoleon in Paris. He told a friend that he hoped one day to be as brilliant a military genius like “that little French kid.”
Forever altered the future of culinary arts when he ordered his chef to dress up his boring flan desert by pouring caramel over it.
His brilliant military leadership helped free several countries, leading to the formation of the giant nation of Gran Colombia. After being named President, Bolivar fought hard to have the name of the new nation changed to Rodrigoland, but was flatly refused.