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Embassy of the United States, La Paz

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Embassy of the United States, La Paz
LocationLa Paz, Bolivia
AddressAv. Arce 2780, La Paz, Bolivia
Coordinates16°30′47″S 68°7′19″W / 16.51306°S 68.12194°W / -16.51306; -68.12194Coordinates: 16°30′47″S 68°7′19″W / 16.51306°S 68.12194°W / -16.51306; -68.12194


The embassy of the United States in La Paz is the diplomatic mission of the United States of America in Bolivia.


Bolivia gained independence from Spain on August 6, 1825. The United States first recognized the Peru–Bolivian Confederation on March 16, 1837, appointing James B. Thornton as Chargé d'Affaires, who was initially commissioned to Peru. Following the dissolution of the Confederation in 1839, the United States formally recognized Bolivia as an independent state on May 30, 1848. This recognition was marked by appointing John Appleton as Chargé d'Affaires.[1] Diplomatic relations were initiated on January 3, 1849, with Appleton presenting his credentials to the Bolivian government, coinciding with the opening of the American Legation in La Paz.[1] On January 4, 1942, the legations of both countries were elevated to embassies.[1]

Bilateral relations have been influenced by Bolivia's economic and social challenges, notably its role in coca and cocaine production and efforts to control narcotics. Relations deteriorated after 2006, and in 2008, a U.S. diplomat was recalled to Washington after reports that the diplomat had asked a Fulbright scholar and Peace Corps volunteer to "spy" on Cubans and Venezuelans in Bolivia.[2] The same year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was expelled, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) was expelled in 2013.[3][4] In 2019, Bolivia appointed an ambassador to the U.S. for the first time since the diplomatic spat in 2008.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "A Guide to the United States' History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Bolivia". Retrieved November 8, 2023.
  2. "U.S. Diplomat Recalled After 'Spying' Allegations in Bolivia". ABC News. February 11, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2023.
  3. "U.S. Embassy La Paz, Bolivia". Retrieved November 8, 2023.
  4. Calamur, Krishnadev (May 1, 2013). "Bolivian President Evo Morales Expels USAID". NPR. Retrieved November 12, 2023.
  5. "Bolivia appoints first ambassador to US in 11 years: official". November 27, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2023.

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