Bolivia was the
successively the home of the Tiawanaku culture during the 7th to 11th
centuries, the Aymara indians from the 11th to the 15th centuries, and
the Inca from the 15th to the 16th centuries. European influence began
with the conquest of the Inca by the Spanish under Francisco Pizarro
in the 1530s. Bolivia defeated the Spanish in 1825.
Bolivia lost Atacama province to Chile in 1884 and in
1939 it lost most of the Gran Chaco to
The first stamp to show a
map of Bolivia was issued in 1928 (a set of three stamps with the same
design). A second map design was issued in 1931.
In 1933 an airmail stamp
with a map of Bolivia and an airplane was issued, and a set of 14
stamps with a map of Bolivia was also issued.
In 1945 a set of 5 stamps
showing a map of showing the first international Bolivian mail flight
from La Paz to Tacna, Peru by Penagra Airlines was issued, and also set of 8 stamps showing a map of Bolivian
In 1954 both regular postage and airmail
stamps were issued with agricultural products over a background map of
Bolivia. This map does not include the Chaco that Bolivia and Paraguay