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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 closes with works that address music, soccer, and the emigrant experience—all three of which are constitutive of a shared sense of national feeling.

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