A Brief History of Violence in Colombia

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Colombia is a young country, it has no more than 300 years of history. Before the Discovery and Conquest by Cristóbal Colón in 1492, a large number of indigenous tribes inhabited the territory. They didn’t have a calendar, neither writing nor numerical systems. They had cultures,songs and pottery. A view of the world. The biggest tribes were led More...

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