03.17.09

A whole lot of Sucre

Posted in Bolivia at 4:33 am by Jackson Lee

Arriving in Sucre I felt like a Disney musical had gone off in my head. More satisfying than writing a blog without spelling mistakes, getting out of high elevation was a real moment for me. Once the summer/winter/spring/autumn retreat for rich Potosi folk, Sucre does quint, feel good, give yourself a really decent hug, really bloody well.

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Without doubt, the best thing a history graving backpacker can do when in Sucre is visit the Casa de Liberator (House of Liberation) – a historian (Mr Roberto Salina Izurza – recenting published book “La Obra Jesuitica”) working attached to the museum takes English tours every few hours. He was a breath of fresh air amongst the knowledge challenged, got my tourist licence in a fight with a llama, guides of Bolivia.

The most interesting item in the museum is the first flat of Argentina. Bolivia was the last country in South America to be liberated (after a 15 year war) from the Spanish clutches. Staging from the recently liberated Argentina, general Belgrano marched into Bolivia and fought the Spanish forces close to Surce.

Being a Creo (100% Spanish blood but born in South America) and educated in Spain, Belgrano decided to use the royal colours of Spain for the first flag of Argentina (and the 1st flag of independence in the Spanish colony’s). He decided on a horizontally stripped flag with white, blue, white.

Losing the battle near Surce, Belgrano retreated to Argentina only to realise that he no longer had the flag. Thinking it had been destroyed, Belgrano changed the pattern from to blue, white, blue (which is today’s flag arrangement). Years later, Belgrano was to learn the old flag was capture dand held by the Spanish in Sucre.

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Argentina’s 200 years celebration since independence is in May 2010 (next year) – at which point there will be a lot of political pressure for Bolivia to return this important historical item.

Sucre was a refreshing place after the tough trek through Salar de Uyuni and the altitude of Potosi. Heading out solo, I needed to repair my camera and get some R & R – Bolivia’s largest, but least touristed city next – Santa Curz.

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