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One of Bolivia’s two national capital, which the city shares the honors with La Paz, Sucre is known as the City of Four Names. Over the year it has been called La Plata, Charcas, Ciudad Blanca or “White City,” and of course Sucre.
Founded in 1538, Sucre is one of the oldest permanent settlements in South America, and it was the regional capital over colonies that extended into what is now modern day Peru, Chile, Argentina and Paraguay. Known as La Plata throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, it remained the legal capital, and cultural center for Spain’s east colonies in South America.
One of the first universities in South America was also founded in this city; the University of San Xavier was established as in 1624, and Sucre was the birthplace of the South American Wars of Independence, and following Bolivia’s independence (named in honor of South American patriot Simon Bolivar), the city of La Plata, which was renamed in honor of fellow patriot Mariscal Antonio Jose de Sucre, the city was Bolivia’s first capital.Due to the remoteness from much of Bolivia the duties of legal administration have been shared with La Paz since the end of the 19 th century, but Sucre remains one of the nation’s cultural capitals, along with being a popular tourist destination.