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Jose Ignacio de Sanjines


Jose Ignacio de Sanjines Barriga (1786 - August 15 1864) was a Bolivian poet and legislator. Born in Chuquisaca, he was a delegate to the Asambleas Deliberante y Constituyente (Deliberative and Constituent Assemblies) of 1825 and 1826, when Bolivia first became an independent republic. He signed the Bolivian Declaration of Independence and the first Bolivian Constitution.

Sanjines is perhaps best known for writing the lyrics to the National Anthem of Bolivia; his lyrics were meant to inspire patriotism, hatred of tyranny and love of freedom, and admiration for Bolivian soldiers who had recently won Bolivia's war of independence against Spain. He died in Sucre.

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