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Colombian Independence – Reverberations of a Vase Smashed 200 Years Ago

History Before independence, Colombia (or the Viceroyalty of New Granada of which it formed part) was permitted to trade only with Spain, a country unable to supply its market. Spaniards ran its administration; even elite criollos (American-born Spanish descendants) were … Continue reading

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Lake Guatavita – Thwarted Quest for El Dorado

Our itinerary, planned mostly from my bed back in Europe, included hiring a taxi from Bogotá to Lake Guatavita. But the evening before we were due to go, I was too ill to organise the taxi, too ill even to … Continue reading

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