World History 1825

About the history of the world in 1825, Bolivia gained its independence, the first public steam railroad opens.

TWO CENTURIES OF WORLD HISTORY: 1778-1978

1825

Aug. 6 Known as Upper Peru, Bolivia became the last major area in South America to be freed from Spanish rule. The name was changed to Bolivia to honor Simon Bolivar, and his chief aide, Antonio Jose de Sucre, was made the new president.

Sept. 27 Built by English locomotive engineer George Stephenson, the world's first public steam railroad opened, running regularly scheduled trains 20 mi. between Stockton and Darlington, England. The first train traveled 15 mph and carried 450 passengers.

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