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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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Justin Bieber’s Bogotá Graffiti Provokes Urban Art Revolution in Colombia

Like most cities, Bogotá has its share of graffiti. Hurried scrawls – ‘tombos no tienen alma’ (‘cops have no conscience’), ‘duele la ironía del Estado’ (’the State’s irony hurts’) – express political discontent, while huge murals bursting with colour brighten … Continue reading

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