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Bolivia is a landlocked country in central South America. It is bordered by Brazil to the north and east, Paraguay and Argentina to the south, Chile to the south west, and Peru to the west. Prior to European colonization, the Andean region of Bolivia was a part of the Inca Empire – the largest state in pre-Columbian America.
The Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century. During most of the Spanish colonial period, this territory was called Upper Peru and was under the administration of the Viceroyalty of Peru, which included most of Spain's South American colonies.
After declaring independence in 1809, 16 years of war followed before the establishment of the Republic, named for Simón Bolívar, on 6 August 1825.
Bolivia has struggled through periods of political instability, dictatorships and economic woes. It is a Democratic Republic that is divided into nine departments. Its geography is varied from the peaks of the Andes in the West, to the Eastern Lowlands, situated within the Amazon Basin.
It is a developing country, with a medium HDI (Human Development Index) score, and a poverty level around 60%.
Its main economic activities include agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, and manufacturing goods such as textiles, clothing, refined metals, and refined petroleum. Bolivia is very wealthy in minerals, especially tin.
Lamb or Llama? Aymara Traditional Dress Traditional Costume Mountains of the Moon
Inca Staircase Illimani - Guardian of La Paz Brushes for Sale Altiplano Snowstorm
Nemesis Altiplano Village Reed-Boat (Mock-up) Titicaca Fisherman
Wedding Guests Mercado de las Brujas (Witches' Market): Four Brides Gabriella and her husky friend
Our Lady of Copacabana Incense Burner Wedding Spectators Market Bound
Altiplano Morning 2 Terraces - Isla del Sol _MG_4236_ww.jpg Lake Titicaca
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Lake Titicaca, 13,000 feet above sea-level Storm Brewing Piper from the Mountains of the Moon Congratulations
Lake Titicaca Carrying the Madonna Ponce Stela Ferry Crossing - Tiquina Straits
Watching the Action ¡Qué lindo! Street Market Winter Sunshine
Seeking a Divination Aymara Mask Blankets Wedding Guest
Altiplano Village Che Guevara La Paz Cityscape Tomatoes for Sale
Tiwanaku Excavation Crew Shopkeeper - Witches Market Roadworks Crew Wedding Procession
Walkies Village Life Living on the Edge Vegetable Market
Settling Matters of Importance Altiplano Milk Collection Street Stall Apples and Oranges
Snacks? Banana Times