De Ojeda was a sailor with Columbus (for whom the country is named), and the first known Spanish sailor to set foot in Colombia.
Explorers in Colombia searched inland to find habitable places.
During this period, Colombia was under the rule of Spain. Citizens of Colombia were not happy with this, and there were many plans of rebellion.
This was a rebellion by Colombian citizens against Spanish colonial rule, which led to their freedom.
Simón Bolivar was a general who led Colombian troops into battle to fight for their independence from colonial rule. Bolivar was a highly educated man (He was inspired to help overthrow Spanish rule after hearing the ideas of Enlightenment thinkers!) who helped liberate 6 countries in his time. He is considered one of the greatest heroes of Latin American freedom.
Colombian soldiers finally defeat Spain in a battle for their nation's freedom.
Venezuela and Ecuador split from the country known as Gran Colombia, leaving only Colombia.
The founding of the Liberal and Conservative parties was very important to the history of Colombia as these parties would clash constantly, leading to many battles and period of unrest.
This war was a civil war between the Liberal and Conservative parties in Colombia. The Liberal party, who fought for coffee growers and import-export trade, ended up surrendering. After the war, Panama seceded from the United States Of Colombia.
Gabriel García Márquez was a Colombian writer and journalist who is most famous for his novels such as One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. He invented the "magical realism" genre that has influenced the majority of Latin American writers and he wrote many pieces of fiction which paralleled the political situations in Colombia, like One of These Days, written during La Violencia. After his death in in 2014, President Juan Manuel Santos called him "the greatest Colombian who ever lived".
A period of political unrest between the liberals and conservatives in Colombia which led to many years of upheaval. There were an estimated 200,000 lives lost during the battles in this period. Famous Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez was a prominent journalist during this time.
The leaders of both parties involved signed a treaty to share power for 16 years. This was later improved to include an act which would allow women to vote.
With this act, the Liberal and Conservative parties in Colombia agreed to rotate power for 16 years.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia is a guerilla group in Colombia. The creation of this group would lead to many problems down the road. They still cause problems to this day, having taken high profile political hostages as recently as 2008. They defy the government using tactics like sieges, arson, and terrorism to have their message heard.
The 19th of April Movement was a guerilla movement against the government. However, it was stopped by officials and later became a political party, the M-19 Democratic Alliance.
The Medellín Cartel was a large network of drug smugglers and suppliers founded by Pablo Escobar. At its peak, the cartel spanned over ten countries and was the largest, most successful, and most dangerous cartel in the world. Escobar, during his most successful time, was the richest drug lord in the world, and 7th richest man overall. After escaping from a prison which he had designed, Escobar spent years fleeing from law enforcement, unable to run his cartel to the fullest extent. Eventually, Escobar was killed by Colombian National Police in 1992, ending the cartel's reign once and for all.
Colombia is one of the world's leading producers of cocaine, and they really began to get into the business in the 70's. This led to a long and violent era of cartels and drug lords in Colombia.
Music icon Shakira was born on this day in Baranquilla.
President Julio Turbay strongly opposed drug trafficking from Colombia and he sought to end it. His efforts were not successful.
This president was important as he was charged with using money from the drug trafficking trade to fund his campaign. He was eventually cleared of these charges.
Plan Colombia was an initiative by the US and Colombia to control drug trading and strengthen military forces. In its original iteration, however, it was focused on achieving peace in Colombia. The US funds this 7 million dollar program.