Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simon BOLIVAR, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825; much of its subsequent history has consisted of a series of nearly 200 coups and counter-coups. Comparatively democratic civilian rule was established in 1... [read more]
Date: May 16th 2008
Potosi - "The Silver city"As I wrote in the last blog entry, the spaniards never found El Dorado (the city of gold) but they got Potosi instead. The city is named after the mountain, which it's situated below. In Quechua the mountain is named Potojsi, which means thunder or explosion, or it might also have been from Potoj, "the springs".
I am rich Potosi, the treasure of th ... read more