Today, the Bolivarian Republic celebrates the bicentennial of the expedition of Simon Bolivar to Haiti in search of military and monetary aid.

"We are deeply grateful to the people of Haiti," said Thursday the Chancellor of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, on behalf of the national government led by President Nicolas Maduro, regarding the 200th anniversary of the expedition.

December 15, 1815, after his defeat at Cartagena, from Spain, revolutionary Simon Bolivar arrived in Les Cayes. Alexandre Petion then president of Haiti welcomes him with open arms; he provided shelter and food for Bolivar, his family and the Venezuelan soldiers who had traveled with him after his recent defeat by the Spaniards.

They recovered and regrouped in the custody of Petion who subsequently provided them boats, weapons, ammunition, money and a printing press. He also contributed to Bolivar Haitian military and veterans of the revolution of the Caribbean nation to accompany him on his return shipping March 31, 1816.

The aid enabled the Liberator to defeat Spain and declare the independence of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

Subsequently, Bolivar wrote to Petion, "In my proclamation to the people of Venezuela and in the decrees, I deliver to the slaves, I do not know if I'm allowed to express the feelings of my heart to Your Excellency and to leave eternal posterity, token of your philanthropy. I do not know, I say, if I have to declare that you are the author of our freedom."

President Petion refused the honor. In exchange for the help, he asked the Venezuelan leader to free all slaves in all countries winning their independence from Spain. A letter which, Bolivar replied to: "Should I not let the future generations know that Alexandre Petion is the true liberator of my country"?

Haiti became a model for the newly independent South American Nations.

Bolivar structured the first government of Bolivia from the example of Haiti, and the Venezuelan constitution was based on the constitution that Petion developed for Haiti. And, of course, he declared slavery illegal in the emerging countries.