Bolivia: History

  1. 1538

    The Spanish conquer Bolivia, which becomes a part of the vice-royalty of Peru.

  2. 1824

    Simon Bolivar, a Venezuelan freedom fighter, liberates the country from Spanish rule.

  3. 1825

    Bolivia becomes independent with Simon Bolivar as its first president.

  4. 1952

    The military regime is overthrown and new president, Victor Paz Estenssoro, introduces reforms including universal suffrage and the nationalization of tin mines.

  5. 1967

    "The United States helps suppress a peasant uprising led by Ernesto ""Che"" Guevara."

  6. 1986

    Twenty-one thousand miners lose their jobs following the collapse of the tin market.

  7. 2004

    A major deal is signed to allow Bolivia to export gas via a Peruvian port.

  8. 2006

    President Morales issues a decree to nationalize Bolivia's gas industry.

  9. 2007

    The presidents of Bolivia, Venezuela, and Argentina sign joint energy deals worth more than $1 billion.

  10. 2011

    The Bolivian government drops plans that intended to raise fuel prices by more than 70%.


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