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When and why did Bolivia become independent?

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When and why did Bolivia become independent? Plan of investigation Bolivia proclaimed independence in 1809, but 16 years of struggle was needed before the republic of Bolivia was established in 1825. My Historical investigation is then about why Bolivia became independent. I will research this investigation in books, encyclopaedias and websites, which I will evaluate in my Evaluation of sources. In my summary of evidence I will collect facts why Bolivia became independent and after that I will analyse my evidence in my Analysis and hopefully this leads to a conclusion. Summary of evidence � In 1553 Francisco Pizarro conquered large areas of South America, which made Bolivia belong to Spain until their independence. � During the Napoleonic wars, which were a series of wars fought during Napoleon Bonaparte's rule over France, the Spanish royal authority became weaker and the opinion of colonial rule grew. ...read more.


� Bolivia took the name Bolivia in honour of Sim�n Bol�var and his fights for independence from Spain on the 6th of August 1825, which is said to be Bolivia's day of independence. Evaluation of sources The main book I have used is Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America by John Charles Chasteen and was published in 2001. John Charles Chasteen is a professor in history at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He has done many researches about Latin America and much of his attention has been turned to the independence period. That makes Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America very valuable for my historical investigation. The book is chronologic when it describes Latin Americas history from the Spanish conquest until today. ...read more.


The fight of independence was ended at Ayacucha the 9th of December 1824 when the army of Sim�n Bol�var with its 7000 men defeated the Spanish army of 10000 men. Spain surrendered the next day and on the 6th of August 1825, after 16 years of struggle Upper Peru became independent and took the name Bolivia in honour of Sim�n Bol�var for his fights for an independent Latin America. Even today Sim�n Bol�var is honoured for what he did. Conclusion My question to answer in this investigation was When and Why did Bolivia become independent? Have I got my answer? Yes. Bolivia became independent on the 6th of August 1825 since the non Spanish people living in Bolivia were tiered on how the Spanish government ruled their country, they wanted independence and they got independence. But even though large parts of South America had become independent, the struggle to totally incolonise South America had just begun. ...read more.

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