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Colombian exports—long the basis of national wealth—and the labor regime that undergirds the economy are described in part VI, although the section also addresses the domestic market. For the colonial period, texts include Conquest-era reports expressing Europeans’ appreciation for foodstuffs previously unknown to them, as well as descriptions of “El Dorado,” the fact that slaves mined gold, and the uses of coca leaf among indigenous people. For the national period, material outlines land tenure among coffee planters, chronicles the banana workers’ strike of 1928, and lauds the acumen of local capitalists. A journalist’s depiction of smuggling by airplane passengers is presented alongside a fictional piece about unemployment and the informal economy of “hustling.” In a different vein, the fact that human rights groups working to protect unionists have denounced Colombia’s pattern of assassinations is flagged by a letter written by the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.

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