What was the War of the Pacific (1879-1883)?

Introduction The War of the Pacific (Spanish: Guerra del Pacífico), also known as the Saltpeter War (Spanish: Guerra del salitre) and by multiple other names, was a war between Chile and a Bolivian-Peruvian alliance from 05 April 1879 to 20 October 1884. Fought over Chilean claims on coastal Bolivian territory in the Atacama Desert, the… Read More

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What is the Dia del Mar?

Introduction Día del Mar (Day of the Sea) is an annual celebration in Bolivia which observes the loss of Litoral Department in the 1879-1883 War of the Pacific with Chile. Background It is celebrated on the 23 of March, at the conclusion of the weeklong Semana del Mar with a ceremony at La Paz’s Plaza… Read More