The Institute of National Patrimony in Caracas is helping Venezuelans discover what life was like in the days of its famous independence leader, Simon Bolivar.
The influence of this national hero in Venezuela cannot be underestimated, for most Venezuelan towns and cities have a central Plaza Bolivar. However, few people today know much about the historical moment in which Bolivar lived.
The new exposition looks at the social and economic realities of Venezuela in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Artifacts such as utensils and building materials are displayed and were brought from excavations at historical sites including the Bolivar family home in the state of Miranda and sugar plantation in Aragua.
It is often said about Latin America that the region’s history overlaps with the present day. In Venezuela, the Institute of National Patrimony is making that process an educational one.