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A Novel

by Laura Restrepo

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    Apr 2007, 336 pages
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A Short History of Colombia
About twice the size of Texas with a population of 44 million, Colombia is located just south of Panama (map).  ith a per capita GDP of $8,400, 49% of the population live below the poverty line. . From 1510 the area that is now Colombia was part of the Spanish empire until a nine year uprising led by Simon Bolivar resulted in the formation of Gran Colombia in 1819, encompassing what is now Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela.  In 1830, Venezuela and Ecuador became separate nations, leaving the remaining territory as the republic of New Granada. 

In 1886 Colombia became a single republic following the anti-federalist revolution of 1885.  In 1899 civil war broke out killing as many as 100,000.  In 1903 the republic of Panama, with the support of the United States, declared independence from Colombia.  In return for recognizing Panama's independence in 1914, Colombia received rights in the Canal Zone ...

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