You are viewing our online exhibition celebrating Simón Bolívar's mission to Britain in 1810. Simón Bolívar (1783-1830), ‘The Liberator’, was the revolutionary leader, statesman and general who won independence from Spain for Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Bolivia.(tip:) Press the pause button to hold and read long descriptions. Press the play button to continue.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office marks 200th year anniversary of Simon Bolivar's visit to London. Watch the video.
Bolívar visits London to enlist British support for the newly formed Junta in Caracas.
Bolívar was not received officially in Britain. But he did make appointments with key influential individuals.
George Canning became Foreign Secretary in 1822 he actively championed the cause of South American independence.
The first British Consul to Peru was shot and killed by a sentinel of the advanced guard of Bolívar’s army.
Over 6,500 volunteers were recruited in Britain and Ireland to serve in Bolívar’s liberation campaigns.