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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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Quinta de Bolívar – Salad Days in Bogotá

Nestling at the foot of the Cerro de Monserrate and now on the outskirts of Bogotá, the Quinta de Bolívar was once a country estate set apart from the city. In 1820, the Colombian people gave the Quinta to Simón … Continue reading

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