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Colombia: History and Politics
Transcript of Colombia: History and Politics
Arrive at around 1500 ACE
Begin a process of Evangelization
Started taking all of the riches
Alonso de Ojeda
"Patria Boba" - Foolish Fatherland
Colombian Declaration of Independence
July 20, 1810
To be determined
Politics and Economics
War against guerrillas begin
NOT FOR THEMSELVES
At first, used natives as slaves, then brought in slaves from Africa
Help with the war against drugs
Cold War Interventionism
Banana Chiquita Company
Loans with high interest rates
Support against Venezuela
Current President: Juan Manuel Santos
Politics is influenced by constant civil war
Big gap between rich and poor
Permeated every aspect of the Colombian economy and politics
Complete control over the country
Alliances with guerrillas
Exports: Coffee, sugar, cotton, corn, wheat and barley
Good relationship with USA Bad relationship with decolonizing countries
Wonderful, rich culture
Reached its worse during 80's and 90's
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