Pablo Escobar Influence

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Pablo Escobar was a Colombian drug lord and leader of the Medellín Cartel which at one point controlled as much as 80% of the international cocaine trade. He is famous for waging war against the Colombian government in his campaign to outlaw extradition of criminals to the United States and ordering the assassination of countless individuals, including police officers, journalists, and high ranking officials and politicians. He is also well known for investing large sums of his fortune in charitable public works, including the construction of schools, sports fields and housing developments for the urban poor. While U.S. and Colombian officials have portrayed Escobar as a villain and terrorist who held the entire nation hostage, many people…show more content…
Beginning in the early 1970s, the country became a prime smuggling ground for marijuana. But as the cocaine market flourished, Colombia’s geographical location proved to be its biggest asset. Situated at the northern tip of South America between the thriving coca cultivation epicenters of Peru and Bolivia, the country came to dominate the global cocaine trade with the United States, the biggest market for the drug, just a short trip to the north. Escobar moved quickly to grab control of the cocaine trade. In 1975, Medellin drug trafficker Fabio Restrepo was murdered. His killing, it’s believed, came at the orders of Escobar, who immediately seized power and expanded Restrepo’s operation into something the world had never seen. Under Escobar’s leadership, large amounts of coca paste were purchased in Bolivia and Peru, processed, and brought to America. Escobar worked with a small group to form the infamous Medellin…show more content…
One of the most advanced cities of the country, center of the business, whose inhabitants, the paisas, are formed more and more in consistent parts from a well grazed middle class, symbol of a country that, despite the many adversities, is considered today as one of the most stable city of Latin America. The place of origin of Pablo Escobar, the most bloodthirsty narcotrafficante of every time, author of a black legend that has been seeming inexhaustible for decades. Escobar was a child of Medellín, there he has founded the bases of his power, and its legend has put so deep roots to seem ineradicable. In a city district still exists that. He’s still called from many "barrio Pablo Escobar." In the barrio, many old men have hung in the house Pablo’s portraits, who at the very start of his career spent some money in great public works to Medellín, making himself call from the media the "Robin Hood paisa", the Robin Hood of Medellín. The places where Escobar has acted and lived are destination of tourist tour and pilgrimages of celebrities looking for controversies
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