Bolivia

Weynee Taveras

Culture

What kind of background do most of the people have? How are things different in Bolivia than here? Bolivia has many different types of people with many different backgrounds. Thirty percent of Bolivia is Quechua, another thirty is mezito, mixed European and Native American descent. The lack of clean water and public education makes the lives of Bolivians very difficult.

Geography

What kind of land forms does Bolivia have? How do they affect the people? Do people live on the land form? How are their lives different from the rest of the country? Bolivia has many, many different land forms throughout the country. The mountainous Andes dominate most of this country. It is also said that if you aren't born on or near the altiplano you'll have a hard time breathing on the high plateau's thin, cold air. Bolivia is land locked, no sea or ocean touches it on any border of the country.

History

Did Bolivia revolt from anyone? How? Did anyone help shape Bolivia? What did they do? How do the Bolivian's think of them? At one point, Bolivia (along with Peru, Ecuador, and Chile) was a part of the powerful, gold-loving, Inca empire. Francisco Pizarro was ordered in 1531 with 200 men to Peru, the middle of the Inca reign. They diminished the Inca empire with metal weapons, native allies, and gun powder.Then Simon Bolivar fought for independence against Spain and won. Today Bolivians honor him, for he is the one that has the country named after him. (Simon Bolivar)

Economy

What kind of economy does Bolivia have? Why? How? What resources do they have? What do the Bolivians' do with them? Bolivia is one of the poorer countries in South America, about two-third of the country live in poverty. Bolivia is also land locked which means exporting resources is a bit of a struggle. As said in a previous paragraph, Bolivia has a lack of clean water and truly excellent public education, it is very limited. But it also has many resources. Zinc, silver, tin, lead, antimony, wolfram, gold, and petroleum are some things that can be found within the Andes. Many of these resources are exported through a free trade zone in a neighboring country.