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Puna de Atacama

The Puna de Atacama is a arid high plateau averaging about 4500m above sea level and spanning an area of 180,000 km, in the Andes of northern Chile and Argentina and southwest Bolivia. Before the War of the Pacific (1879-1883) the region belonged to Bolivia, It was ceded later to Argentina in exchange for recognition of Tarija as part of Bolivia in 1898. Chile, which had annexed the Litoral Province from Bolivia declared this exchange illegal. The border was defined in 1899 after the Puna de Atacama Lawsuit.

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War of the Pacific

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