Simón Bolívar was born as Simón José Antonio de la Santísma Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios on July 24, 1783, in Caracas, Venezuela, then part of the Hispanic colonial empire. His parents, María de la Concepción Palacios y Blanco and Colonel Don Juan Vicente Bolívar y Ponte, belonged to the aristocratic upper class, the Creoles. He had two older sisters and a brother - María Antonia, Juana, and Juan Vicente. Another sister, María del Carmen, died at birth. Orphaned at the age of 9, the boy early showed traits of independence and a strong will.