Colombia Colonialism

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Legacy of Colonialism in Colombia History of Colonialism Colombia is a land of contrasts with its history written greatly across. The Spanish rule lasted from 1499 to 1550, about 51 years. Europeans were the first people who visited Colombia when the first expedition of Alonso de Ojeda arrived at the Cabo de la Vela in 1499. In the early 16th century, the Spanish made several attempts to settle along the north coast of today 's Colombia. Even though their first permanent settlement was at Santa Marta. It was not established until 1525. Colombia has many natural resources such as petroleum, natural gas, coal, iron ore, nickel, gold, copper, emeralds, and hydropower. It is due to these resources that Spain colonized Colombia. Colombia later became…show more content…
Four other statistics that I chose to compare are suicide rates of female and male, prison population per 100000 people and percentage of violence against women ever experienced. Suicide rate for female is higher in Spain (2.2/100,000 people) than Colombia (1.9/100,000 people). But the suicide rate for male is higher in Colombia with 9.1 per 100,000 people than in Spain with 8.2 per 100,000 people. There are more crimes in Colombia than in Spain when compared the prison population between these two countries. And this can be related to the percentage of violence against women ever experienced. Information about this is not available for Spain but the percentage of Colombia is 37.4. Legacy of Colonialism Legacy of colonialism is most prominent in Colombia with cultural conflict as ethnic and religious groups seek to establish identities and relationships. Acculturation and intermarriage quickly destroyed most of the special cultural traits. Subordinate political jurisdictions developed strong regional characteristics as a results of isolation, that fostered intense local loyalties and rivalries. The culture of Colombia blends influences from the Spanish settlers, the native tribes who inhabited the area before Spanish colonization, and also the slaves imported

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