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    (July 28, 1821- )
    Gained Independence from Spain
    Capital is Lima
    Almost the size of Alaska
    Shares borders with Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador
    During the early '70s, it surpassed Japan as the leading fishing country, but because of the over fishing, that did not last long.
    Some mummies found in Peru, were proved to have suffered from tuberculosis.
    There is a bridge there called the Bridge of Boils, because many of the workers died from plague.
    In ancient Peru, they built two towers with a net strung between them. The object was to catch and control the sun.
    They were the world's largest coca leaf producer, which they ship to Colombia to produces cocaine.
    Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro ordered the death of Atahualpa, the last Inca King of Peru (August 29, 1533).
    The Dutch fleet ceased Lima in Peru (August 14, 1624).
    Major earthquakes struck Peru in 1624, 1641, 1746, 1868, 1970 and 1990.
    Simon Bolivar was named president of Peru (September 10, 1823) and then named dictator (February 10, 1824).
    Bolivia gained independence from Peru (August 6, 1825).
    Chile declared war on Bolivia and Peru (November 11, 1836).
    Vice Presidetn Nixon was shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by protesters in Peru (May 8, 1958).
    Volcano Huascaran erupted, killing over 4,000 (January, 1962).
    A soccer riot at Lima's soccer stadium killed 300 (May 24, 1964).
    Peruvian and Argentine soccer fans fought in Lima; 248 killed (May 25, 1966).
    Government seized all U.S. oil fields in Peru (October 9, 1968) and nationalized them (August 24, 1969).
    A military coup under general Velasco Alvarado overthrew President Fernando Bela£nde Terry (October 1968).
    The people fought a border dispute with Ecuador (January 9, 1995).
    San Marcos University opened their doors eighty five years before Harvard (1551).
    The vicuna lives in Peru's Andes mountains and has hair so fine, it is less than two-thousandths of an inch.
    Peru was a leading seller of guano (bird dropping used as fertilizer) to Europe.
    The lima bean is named for their capital Lima.
    The world's largest bird colony (over ten million birds) is located just off Peru.
    The world's longest railway is in Peru.
    There are cities named Peru in Maine, Nebraska, and New York.
    The Incas used gold as combs and dishes.
    The Incas used the decimal system centuries before Europe.
    Peru is home to the world's largest frogs, some two feet in length.
    The Incas of Peru used the llama to ride on.
    It is loaded with gold, silver, petroleum, copper, iron ore, coal, phosphate and potash.
    Spanish vocalist Lisette was born in Lima.
    A border dispute between Peru and Chile was finally resolved (June 3, 1929).
    Peruvian agent Rivera-Schreiber warned the US of a Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor, almost a year before it happened (January 27, 1941).
    Thor Heyerdahl on his 'Kon-Tiki' sailed from Peru to Polynesia (April 28, 1947).
    Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru was selected secretary-general of UN (1981).
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