Today, all of Bolivia is celebrating and rejoicing its 186-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and plundered silver deposits. The fight for independence started in 1809 and was 16-years in the making; led by Simon Bolivar and General Antonio Jose de Sucre. August 6th is the date on which Bolivia officially became an independent republic
This land locked, Spanish speaking country located in South America, once home to the Inca Empire, is now home to 10 million people that will be celebrating today. The country will celebrate with military parades and the traditional session of honor held by Congress.
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the people of Bolivia this message in honor of their Independence Day:
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Bolivia as you celebrate the 187th anniversary of your independence this August 6.
Bolivia and the United States take great pride in our countries’ rich and diverse heritage. Celebrations such as these draw our people closer together. Respect for liberty and the protection of our rich cultural traditions are at the center of our relationship.
I send best wishes for a year of peace and prosperity to Bolivians everywhere as you celebrate this special day and honor your history.