Today in Latin American History
Bolivia Gained Independence from Spain in 1825
Today in Latin American history, Bolivia gained independence from Spain in 1825.
During most of the Spanish colonial period, this territory was known as Upper Peru and was under the administration of the Viceroyalty of Peru, which included most of Spain’s South American colonies.
After its first call for freedom in 1809, 16 years of war followed before the establishment of the Republic, named for Simón Bolívar.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Franciscan Friar Antonio Margil de Jesus who traveled from Texas to Guatemala on foot died in 1726
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban pianist & composer Ernesto Lecuona who composed over 600 pieces was born in 1895
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell who was one of the best of his time was born in 1937
- Today in LatAm history, Cuba nationalized American & foreign-owned property during the Cuban Revolution in 1960
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Cuba Fulgencio Batista who was in office 1940-44 died in 1973
- Today in LatAm history, Dominican baseball player Luis Vizcaíno who pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers was born in 1974
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian writer Jorge Amado who wrote “Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands” died in 2001