Hristo Botev Biography
(One of the Heroes of the Bulgarian National Revolution and Poet)
Birthday: January 6, 1848 (Capricorn)
Born In: Kalofer, Bulgaria
Hristo Botev was a Bulgarian poet and revolutionary who is recognized as an iconic revolutionary amongst the 19th century Post-Liberation intellectuals throughout Bulgaria and the surrounding area. In his home country of Bulgaria he is considered a national hero, as well as a genius and ideologist. From his beginnings as the son of a teacher, to his early death fighting for Bulgarian freedom against the Ottoman Empire, he cemented his place in history in his home country. He was primarily a self-educated man, reading classics from Russian authors, which led to his mastery of the ideas behind Russian democracy. His education, as well as the philosophies passed on to him from his father helped to create the man who inspired others to fight for freedom. After being exiled from his home country, he developed contcts with other prominent Bulgarian nationalists and historical figures, including Vasil Levski, Lyuben Karavelov, Stefan Stambolov and Panayot Hitov. Each of these men played a key role in the fight for Bulgarian freedom. Botev utilized his skill at writing poetry and his work as an editor at several newspapers as a tool to rally the people in his home country to fight against the subjugation of the Ottoman Empire.