Colombia Is A Country Located At The North Tip Of South America

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Colombia is a country located at the north tip of South America. It is bounded by Panama and the Caribbean Sea in the north, by Venezuela and Brazil in the east, by Peru and Ecuador in the south, and the Pacific Ocean on the west. Colombia is the only South American country with coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea (National Geographic.) Colombia is one of the largest South American countries at 439,733 square miles, or about the size of Texas and California combined. Colombia is a mainly Spanish speaking, Catholic country, but has a diverse population. Colombia is the only American nation named for Christopher Columbus. The country strongly reflects its history as a colony of Spain. Colombia became independent on July 20, 1810 (Kline.) It is often referred to as the most Roman Catholic of the South American countries, and most of its people are proud of the relative purity of their Spanish language. Its population is heavily mestizo (of mixed European and Indian descent) with minorities of European and African ancestry. The economy is traditionally based on agriculture, particularly coffee and fruit production, but industries and services are increasing in importance. Colombia is the most populous country of South America. The nation’s political instability has been tied to unequal distribution of wealth and the illicit trade in drugs, specifically cocaine.
The Europeans first visited the territory that would become Colombia when Alonso de Ojeda arrived…
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