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Bolivia - History



Bolivia - History
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.19

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     challenging words:    land-locked, dictatorships, nitrate, better, resentment, french, independence, conquistador, relationship, conflict, killing, poverty, ruler, lasted, mines, nation
     content words:    South America, Andes Mountains, Lake Titicaca, South American, Francisco Pizarro, Napoleon Bonaparte, Simon Bolivar, Antonio Jose, President Ismael Montes, Victor Paz Estenssoro


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Bolivia - History
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     Bolivia is a country in South America with a long history. Scientists believe that human history in the area of Bolivia stretches back more than 20,000 years. It was then that Bolivia's first inhabitants set up homes in the Andes Mountains and around Lake Titicaca. One of the most important empires of natives was the Tiahuanacan. The Tiahuanacan was centered near Lake Titicaca and lasted from 600 to 1200 AD.
 
2     But just like many other South American civilizations, the natives of Bolivia became victims of greed. Explorers from European countries made their way to Bolivia and other places in South America, looking for gold and other natural resources. Explorers from Spain made their way to Bolivia in 1531. The first explorer to reach Bolivia was a man name Francisco Pizarro.
 
3     Pizarro was a conquistador. A conquistador is a kind of Spanish explorer. But conquistadors did more than explore. They tried to bring their religion and culture to the natives of North and South America. Many times they brought it by force, killing those who wouldn't accept their culture and religion.

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