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The divide between city and country shapes the nation’s culture and politics in the present, as it has done for centuries. Part III highlights the boundary between rural and urban in Colombia while also attending to the ways that boundary is traversed and the interdependence of city and country. Texts included here range from a colonial accounting of the tribute in goods owed by different indigenous communities (held in encomienda) in the colonial period to the rules an hacienda owner imposed on the sharecroppers he employed in the 1890s to the first-person narration of an internally displaced person who escaped violence by taking refuge in Bogotá in 1997.

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