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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.
Aymara Traditional Dress Blankets Ponce Stela Lamb or Llama? Lake Titicaca
Mountains of the Moon Inca Staircase Our Lady of Copacabana International Women's Day Wedding Guests
Aymara Mask Mercado de las Brujas (Witches' Market): Traditional Costume Four Brides Street Market
Reed-Boat (Mock-up) Terraces - Isla del Sol Altiplano Snowstorm Brushes for Sale Illimani - Guardian of La Paz
Carrying the Madonna Titicaca Fisherman Watching the Action Altiplano Morning 2
Ferry Crossing - Tiquina Straits Gabriella and her husky friend Piper from the Mountains of the Moon Nemesis Lake Titicaca, 13,000 feet above sea-level
Tomatoes for Sale Altiplano Morning _MG_4236_ww.jpg Wedding Spectators
Apples and Oranges Altiplano Village Multiple Wedding Winter Fashion Seeking a Divination
Incense Burner Market Bound Banana Times Wedding Procession La Paz Cityscape
Lake Titicaca Winter Sunshine Storm Brewing Che Guevara Altiplano Village
¡Qué lindo! Snacks? Village Life Walkies Vegetable Market
Living on the Edge Altiplano Milk Collection Wedding Guest Tiwanaku Excavation Crew Roadworks Crew
Street Stall Shopkeeper - Witches Market