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Following the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the United States’ triumph during the Revolutionary War, a host of revolutions were spurred into action in Latin America. This 1955 Colombian postage stamp shows General George Washington in the company of José Francisco de San Martín (1778-1850) and Simón Bolívar (1783-1830); all three were known as the fathers of their countries. San Martín, “the Liberator of Argentina, Chile, and Peru,” was an Argentine general who led the fight to claim independence for South America from Spanish rule. Like San Martín, Bolívar was the leader behind the independence of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and his native Venezuela. 

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  • Postage Stamp
    Artwork by Imre von Mosdóssy; Printed by De La Rue & Co. Ltd.
    Bogota, Colombia
    Ink on Paper
    Museum of the American Revolution, donated by Gloria and Frank Wolek, 2010.03.03.0002 

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