Sucre (population 190,000) is the constitutional capital of Bolivia, located in the south central part of the country. Historically it has also been known as Charcas, La Plata or Chuquisaca.
In the 18th century the area of modern-day Bolivia was known as La Plata for its wealth (Plata meaning silver or wealth in general). After this the Rio de la Plata is named because there were the port facilities.
Too remote after the economic decline of Potosí it was given up as administrative capital for La Paz. It is now named for revolutionary leader Antonio José de Sucre.
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