July 20 is Independence Day, celebrates the independence declaration of Colombia from Spain in 1810.
The Spanish set foot on Colombian soil for the first time in 1499 and in the first half of the 16th century initiated a period of conquest and colonization, ultimately creating the New Kingdom of Granada, with as capital Santafé de Bogotá.
Independence from Spain was acquired in 1819, but by 1830 the “Gran Colombia” Federation was dissolved. What is now Colombia and Panama emerged as the Republic of New Granada. The new nation experimented with federalism as the Granadine Confederation (1858), and then the United States of Colombia (1863), before the Republic of Colombia was finally declared in 1886.
Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a transcontinental country largely situated in the northwest of South America, with territories in Central America (included in some definitions of North America).
In commemoration of the day, we introduce you to some wonderful Colombians.
*Click the photo below and read their stories!
“People never need my activities; that’s my ideal world.” – Hector Sierra, Founder of Artists Without Borders