Bolivia Independence Day

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2019 DateAugust 6, 2019
2020 DateAugust 6, 2020
Bolivia Independence Day

Bolivia Independence Day History

Bolivia Independence Day celebrates Bolivia's independence from Spain. On this day, an important victory in the Battle of Junín of 1824 was achieved by pro-independence forces led by renowned liberator Simón Bolivar. To honor that victory, the Independence Act of 1825 was dated August 6, the day of the battle.

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Bolivia Independence Day Facts

  • The Republic of Bolivia was known as Upper Peru before it gained independence from Spain. Upon liberation, leaders from the provinces that comprised the territory met and debated whether it should remain as part of Peru, become part of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata, or become its own sovereign nation. In the end, the independent Republic of Bolívar was born, in honor of Simón Bolívar. The name would later be changed to Republic of Bolivia.
  • Bolivia is the country in America with the highest proportion of indigenous people. According to the 2001 census, 62% of the population was indigenous. However, based on a 2012 census, the percentage has gone down to 41%. The reduction surprised president Evo Morales. Further analysis would be conducted.
  • The Madidi National Park in Bolivia is the most biodiverse protected area in the world. As of 2018, it has the most plant, butterfly, bird and mammal species, and second most amphibian and reptile species.

Bolivia Independence Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Prepare the traditional Bolivian dish, the peanut soup. Go here for the ingredients.
  • Watch the 1969 movie Blood of the Condor. It's about a Bolivian indigenous community that defends itself from an American group providing medical care and secretly sterilizing women.
  • Read the 2007 novel Turing's Delirium by Bolivian author Edmundo Paz Soldán.

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