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Colombia History Timeline

Important people, dates and events in Colombia
Spanish conquest of Colombia
General Simon Bolivar
The War of the Thousand Days
USA pay Colombia $25 million for the loss of Panama

Colombia History Timeline

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Spanish conquest of Colombia begins and the first permanent settlement in South America was founded at Santa Marta



1536-1538: Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada (1509-1579) leads an expedition into the Andes and obtains massive amounts of emeralds and gold



Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada founds Bogota as the capital of the 'New Kingdom of Granada'



Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada was appointed Marshal of New Granada and councillor of Bogot√° for life (he died in 1579)



African slaves shipped to work on Colombian plantations



The Spanish government appoints a president to govern the Colombian colony



Spain combines Colombia with neighbouring territories into one large colony called the Viceroyalty of New Granada which consisted of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Panama
Venezuelan General Francisco Gabriel de Miranda (1750-1816) participated in major political events for more than thirty years



The territories of the Viceroyalty of New Granada establish their own independent governments



The King of Spain is overthrown by Napoleon



Spain sends troops to South America to quell the uprising of the colonists



August 7: General Simon Bolivar defeats royalist forces in the Battle of Boyaca



December 17: The Republic of Colombia (also known as Gran Colombia) is proclaimed consisting of Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador



Colombia gains its independence from Spain and Simon Bolivar becomes the first Colombian president



Ecuador and Venezuela became totally independent from Gran Colombia



Colombia adopts a constitution which abolishes slavery



1899-1902: Civil War - The War of the Thousand Days



Panama seceded from Colombia with US backing and allows US control over the land now known as the Panama Canal zone



The USA paid Colombia $25 million for the loss of Panama



1939-1945 Colombia helped the USA to keep the Panama Canal open during World War 2



USA began  to supply the Colombian government with military equipment to help rid Colombia of drug dealers

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