Bolivia is named after the Venezuelan general Simon Bolivar, who helped the former Spanish colony gain its independence in 1825.
Simon Bolivar is considered to be a great liberator in South America, and he inspired many leaders to fight to free the continent from Spanish control.
Bolivia has struggled through periods of political instability, dictatorships and economic woes since the 16th century.
The country’s economic activities include agriculture, forestry, fishing, manufacturing, and has rich mineral deposits, especially tin.
About 10 million people live in Bolivia.