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Colombian geography is a key starting place for understanding the country. Part I describes the country’s regions via selected texts, emphasizing the nation’s heterogeneity. Selections include a creation myth collected by a pioneering anthropologist; texts produced by Spanish conquistadors who were part of the Jiménez de Quesada expedition against the Muiscas; and an extract from the 1991 Constitution recognizing the possibility of collective land titles for Afro-Colombians. Also translated here are a bill of sale for an enslaved African girl, descriptions of frontier zones, and texts produced by national intellectuals in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The part...

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