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General José de San Martín

General José de San Martín

“Let us be free, the rest matters not.”

In the corner of the intersection of Virginia Ave. and 20th St. stands the equestrian statue of one of South America’s greatest leaders. In between the Office of Personnel Management and the State Department, the statue sees thousands pass by it daily, but the legacy of General José de San Martín has been largely forgotten in North America.

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Equestrian Statues

Equestrian Statues

“Equestrian statues have always served, through the centuries, a kind of epic purpose.”

Although Washington, D.C., is a city known for its statuary, the most compelling – and the most admired – are the statues of a horse and its rider. There are over 20 such statues in the District (more than any other American city) and they represent not just Americans, but foreigners and even ideals.

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General José de San Martín

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Columbus Memorial Fountain

Columbus Memorial Fountain

“His discovery was a blunder; his blunder was a new world; the New World is his monument!”

Union Station is the primary transportation hub in Washington, D.C. Thousands pass through it daily but few stop to appreciate the impressive fountain that sits outside its entrance honoring Christopher Columbus and his contributions to the colonization of the American continents.

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