24 July is Simon Bolivar Day in Ecuador. Bolivar is revered in South America as an independence fighter who helped make many nations the poverty-trapped sinkholes that they are today.
Bolivar only has a few living descendants, including his great-great-great-nephew Eduardo Mendoza. He was an agricultural scientist and politician in Venezuela who resigned over a decision to import frozen beef from Argentina. Shortly after he resigned, in 1950, the country was infected with foot and mouth disease, a problem that continues to cost them many millions of dollars every year.
Simon Bolivar is attributed with the quote "If Nature is against us, we shall fight Nature, and make it obey."
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