There is a famous Simon who managed to be the leader of three countries, have a country named after him and the currency of another country named after him. He is credited for leading to independence much of the northern portion of South America.
He is Simon Bolivar.
He was the first president of Grand Columbia, which included then much of the northern portion of South America. He was the first president of Bolivia, and he became the president of Peru in 1824 on this day.
Bolivia traces its name to Bolivar, as does the currency of Venezuela.
Officially he was a citizen of Spain then of Columbia until his death in 1830, with Venezuelan citizenship thrown in there too.
Here is Tallis’s map of the South American continent from 1851. His characteristic vignettes of local life and sights adore the map.
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