In 1799, he travelled to Europe to complete his education. Whilst in Madrid, he met Maria Rodriguez and they were married two years later. However, shortly after their marriage in January 1802, Maria contracted yellow fever and died. It left Bolivar emotionally distraught. Vintage easily distracted by music and wine poster. He vowed he would never marry again and later commented that such a personal blow may have been a reason he threw his energies into politics and not domestic life.
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However, although he did not get married he did have several lovers and he became close to Manuela Sáenz who would later save him from an assassination attempt. Simon_BolivarBolivar then moved to Paris, where he continued to read the great enlightenment thinkers of Europe, such as Voltaire, Montesquieu and Rousseau, which had an important influence on his political beliefs. He became enamoured of the ideals and vision of the American and French revolutions. Also, it was in Europe, that the idea of gaining independence for Latin American countries became an aspiration. He met Alexander von Humboldt who had recently spent five years in south America,