Who was Bolivia named after?
Independence was proclaimed in 1809, but sixteen years of struggle followed before the establishment of the republic, named for Simón Bolívar, on August 6, 1825 (see Bolivian War of Independence).
The country won its independence in 1825 and was named after Simón Bolívar, the famous liberator.
From the CIA World Factbook:
Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simon BOLIVAR, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825; much of its subsequent history has consisted of a series of nearly 200 coups and countercoups.
From the World Atlas:
In 1809, the "Liberator," Simon Bolivar (Bolivia's namesake) began the battle for independence, and after the Spanish defeat in 1824, Bolivia finally gained its hard-fough freedom in 1825.
From the Encyclopaedia Britannica Online:
In recognition of Bolívar's support, congressional leaders named the new republic Bolivia in his honour.