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Sucre's origins go back to 1538 when Ciudad de la Plata de la Nueva Toledo was founded and became the administrative centre for Spanish colonies extending well beyond the borders of the modern Bolivia. Thanks to the wealth of silver from Potosi it thrived and the New World's first university was established here in 1624. With Bolivian independence it was renamed as Sucre after a revolutionary leader. However with the decline of the silver trade in the C19th its importance waned and the seat of government moved to La Paz in 1898. However Sucre's continuing position as the capital is enshrined in the Bolivian Constitution and the city remains the seat of the Supreme Court. Today it is a city of some 250,000 people and its carefully preserved and very attratctive centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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