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Capital of Bolivia - Bolivia Capital
What is the Capital of Bolivia?
Sucre is the constitutional capital of Bolivia, seat of the Judicial Branch of the Bolivian government and its where the Supreme Court is located. Sucre is also capital of the Chuquisaca Department.
La Paz is also considered a capital of Bolivia, and it's where the Executive and Legislative branches of the Bolivian government function, as well as the departmental capital of the La Paz Department.
Why Bolivia has two Capital cities?
Bolivia is one of the few countries that has two capital cities. Sucre is home to the judicial branch of the government making it the constitutional capital, while the president and congress are stationed in La Paz.
Sucre was once the only capital of Bolivia. In 1825, when Bolivia gained its independence, Sucre was established as Bolivias capital city.
In 1899, a political power struggle and an economic shift led to the establishment of two capitals. During this time, silver and tin mining were the countrys largest industries. Many of the silver mine owners lived in Sucre and many of the tin mining owners lived in La Paz, centered near many of the tin mines.
Bolivias Liberal Party and Conservative Party clashed in a struggle for political power. Sucres silver mine owners and large landowners supported the conservatives. While, tin mine owners supported the Liberal Party. The Liberal Party overthrew the Conservative party and immediately put in a bid to move the countrys seat of government to La Paz.
The Liberal Party was partially successful in moving the capital. The presidency and congress ended up moving to La Paz, but the Conservatives managed to keep Sucre as the legal capital and the home of the Supreme Court of Justice.
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