Bolivia (Modern World Nations) by Mandy Lineback

By Mandy Lineback

- Information-packed volumes supply finished overviews of every nation's humans, geography, historical past, govt, economic system, and tradition - considerable full-color illustrations advisor the reader on a voyage of discovery - Maps mirror present political barriers

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The Spanish conquistadors took advantage of the weaknesses created by Atahuallpa and the initial trust given them by the Incas. By 1535, the Inca capital city of Cuzco had fallen, and lands had been divided between the two leaders of the Spanish forces. Armies were quickly dispatched to the Lake Titicaca region in the belief that gold and other mineral wealth there would be one of the most promising conquests. The Spanish used religion to justify their acts of conquest. They relied on messages and miracles supposedly sent by the Holy Virgin and spread word to the Indians of a new god.

Elusive sloths cling to high limbs and move so slowly that mold can grow on their matted fur! Peccaries, or black wild pigs, are rarely seen, but scratched ground indicating their presence can be commonly observed. A vast number of armadillos, deer, jaguar, and ostrich-like rheas also roam the lowland areas. The capybara is an interesting rodent in this region. This huge animal, which resembles a guinea pig mixed with hippopotamus, is the world’s largest rodent. 9 meters) in length and weigh more than 110 pounds (50 kilograms).

Bolivia’s northern lowlands have a wet tropical climate with high temperatures, high humidity, and heavy rainfall year-round. The daytime high temperatures average around 86°F (30°C) all year in most parts of this region. The climate of the central lowland areas is considered tropical wet and dry, or savanna. During the summer (October to April in the Southern Hemisphere), the Northeast Trades ply this region with hot, humid, rainy weather. In the winter months (May to September), the Southeast Trades predominate and precipitation is minimal.

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