Columbia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran
Columbia in 1830. A fourty year insurgent campaign to overthrow the
Columbian government escalated during the 1990s, under girded in part by
funds from the drug trade. Although the violence is deadly and large swaths of
the countryside are under guerilla influence, the movement lacks the military
strength or popular support necessary to overthrow the government. While
Bogota continues to try to negotiate a settlement, neighboring countries worry
about the violence spilling over their borders. This is the country named for
Christopher Columbus it is in the Northwest corner of South America. It is a
Andean and a Caribbean nation and the only one on the continent with Atlantic
and Pacific coastlines. The population of this country which is roughly three
Columbia is Spanish. There are many diffent ethnic groups here, the main six
are the Mestizoes which cover fifty-eight percent, the Whites which cover twenty
percent, the Mulattoes which cover fourteen percent, the Blacks which cover four
percent, the mixed black and Amerindians which cover two percent, and last but
not least the Amerindians which cover one percent.
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