Columbia: History, Politics and Culture

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In fact, there is an old adage that describes the multitude of opportunities found there:
’Divine Master’, the archangels said. ‘Are you sure you want to give Colombia coasts on two seas?’ ‘Yes, I’m sure’ he answered resolutely. ‘Are you sure you want to give so many species of animals and so many gems and so much gold and other natural resources to just one country?’ they pleaded. ‘Yes, I’m sure’, came the reply. ‘But is that fair to the rest of the world?’ protested the archangels. ‘Just do as I say!’ answered the creator. ‘And as for being fair, just wait and see the politicians that I’m going to make them live with!’ (Leech 2011).
Colombians have many things to be proud of: they have exported to the world artists of great ability and gravitas, including the recently deceased (Rest in Peace) Nobel-prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Grammy-winning musicians Shakira and Juanes, and the renowned painter Ferdinand Botero. Despite all of this, however, or perhaps because of the independence, creativity, and cultural wealth of its people, Colombia remains a nation divided. Some even take it a step further: according to Colombian expert and scholar Garry Leech, even though it is considered by many to be Latin America’s oldest democracy, “the government in Bogotá has never effectively controlled all of the national territory” (Leech 5). Due to rough, mountainous terrain and a population…
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