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  • Map
    Colombia and Venezuela. "Chicago-based Rand McNally became a major publisher of atlases, maps, globes, and travel guides in the United States in the second half of the 19th century. This map of Colombia and Venezuela is from the 1898 edition of Rand, McNally & Cos. Indexed Atlas of the World, Containing Large Scale Maps of Every Country and Civil Division upon the Face of the Globe, together...
    • Contributor: Rand McNally and Company
    • Date: 1898
  • Book/Printed Material
    Constitución de la República de Colombia. This volume, most likely published in Bogota in November 1821, contains the text of the constitution of the first Republic of Colombia, proclaimed by President Simón Bolívar in October of the same year. In 1717-23, the Spanish imperial authorities combined territories comprising all or parts of present-day Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador into the Viceroyalty of the New Kingdom of Granada; Panama was added in...
    • Contributor: Colombia
    • Date: 1821

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  • Map
    Map of the Republic of Colombia. This 1891 map of Colombia depicts the main physical features and administrative divisions of the country. It shows national and departmental borders, the capitals of departments, other cities, villages, railroads (completed and projected), and highways. Present-day Panama, which did not become independent until 1903, is still shown as a department of Colombia. The railroad across the Isthmus of Panama, from Colón to Panama City,...
    • Date: 1891
  • Map
    [Manuscript map of Dagua River region, Colombia]. "This beautiful pen-and-ink and watercolor map shows the Dagua River and the town of Sombrerillo in what was then the Spanish Viceroyalty of New Grenada. The river empties into the Pacific Ocean near the present-day city of Buenaventura, Colombia. Sombrerillo was a "free town" populated by former slaves who had gained their freedom from the lowland mines and the highland haciendas of the region....
    • Date: 1764
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Church or Chapel of the Rosary of Cúcuta Where the Congress of Colombia Met, Province of Santander.
    Yglesia ó capilla del Rosario de Cúcuta donde se reunio el congreso admirable de Colombia
    This watercolor by Carmelo Fernández (1809-87) shows a church in Cúcuta, in the province of Santander (present-day capital of Norte de Santander), in northeastern Colombia. The caption identifies the church as "the church or chapel of the Rosary of Cúcuta, where the admirable congress of Colombia met." The caption is inaccurate. The 1821 constitution was drafted and adopted in Cúcuta, but the "Admirable Congress"...
    • Contributor: Colombia. Comisión Corográfica - Fernández, Carmelo
    • Date: 1850
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Church at Ocaña where the Colombian Convention Met, Province of Ocaña.
    Iglesia de Ocaña donde se reunió la Convención Colombiana
    This watercolor by Carmelo Fernández (1809-87) shows the church at Ocaña, in present-day Norte de Santander Department, in northeastern Colombia. It was here that in April-June 1828 a national convention called for by Simón Bolívar sought to establish a new political and administrative structure for the then Republic of Gran Colombia. Fernández was born in San José de Guama, Venezuela, into a well-connected family...
    • Contributor: Colombia. Comisión Corográfica - Fernández, Carmelo
    • Date: 1850
  • Book/Printed Material
    Manuscript of "The Vortex".
    Manuscrito de "La Vorágine"
    La vorágine (The vortex) is an epic novel by the poet and lawyer José Eustasio Rivera, first published in Bogotá in 1924 and set in the jungles of Colombia during the rubber boom dating from about 1880 to World War I. Rivera served as the legal secretary to a commission established to determine the border between Colombia and Venezuela. Presented here is a part...
    • Contributor: Rivera, José Eustasio
    • Date: 1922
  • Book/Printed Material
    Tratados, convenciones y acuerdos aprobados por el Congreso nacional de 1913. Tratados, convenciones y acuerdos aprobados por el Congreso nacional de 1913 (Treaties, conventions and agreements approved by the National Congress of 1913) is a compilation of documents published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia. The book is the second annex to a ministry publication on Colombia's international relations in 1913; the first annex contains the text of a treaty...
    • Contributor: Colombia (Republic of Colombia, ) - Colombia (Republic of Colombia, ) Ministerio De Relaciones Exteriores
    • Date: 1914

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  • Map
    Map of the Province of Antioquia.
    Mapa de la Provincia de Antioquia
    The Colombian political figure and historian José Manuel Restrepo (1781--1863) first became known as the geographer and cartographer of the province of Antioquia in New Granada (the Spanish viceroyalty that comprised all or parts of present-day Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, and Venezuela). In 1807, Restrepo carried out geodesic and barometric measurements in 102 towns of the province. In 1809, he completed this map of Antioquia,...
    • Contributor: Restrepo, José Manuel - Caldas, Francisco José De
    • Date: 1809
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Colombian Cattle Herders Branding Livestock by Cutting Their Ears, Province of Casanare.
    Llaneros herrando ganado i recortándole las orejas: Provincia de Casanare
    This watercolor by Manuel María Paz (1820--1902) shows cattlemen branding calves, employing a method commonly used at the time. The scene is from Casanare Province (present-day Casanare Department), Colombia, which is located in Los Llanos (The Plains), a region of eastern Colombia characterized by vast grasslands crossed by the Orinoco River and its tributaries. Paz was born in Almaguer in the province of Cauca....
    • Contributor: Paz, Manuel María - Colombia. Comisión Corográfica
    • Date: 1856
  • Book/Printed Material
    Report on the Different Masses of Iron, Found in the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes.
    Memoria sobre diferentes masas de hierro, encontradas en la cordillera oriental de los Andes
    Mariano Eduardo de Rivero y Ustáriz (1798--1857) was a Peruvian scientist, geologist, mineralogist, chemist, archaeologist, politician, and diplomat. After schooling in Arequipa, he was sent in 1810 at age 12 to London to study mathematics, physics, and languages. In 1817 he traveled to France to the École royale des mines de Paris to study mineralogy and chemistry. In France he met Joseph Louis Proust,...
    • Contributor: Boussingault, J. B. (Jean Baptiste) - Rivero Y Ustáriz, Mariano Eduardo De
    • Date: 1823

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  • Book/Printed Material
    Tratado entre la República de Colombia y los Estados Unidos de América para el arreglo de sus diferencias provenientes de los acontecimientos realizados en el Istmo de Panamá en noviembre de 1903, Tratado entre la Républica de Colombia y los Estados Unidos de América para el areglo de sus diferencias provenientes de los ancontecimientos realizados en el Istmo de Panamá en noviembre de 1903, soscrito en Bogotá el 6 de Abril de 1914 (Treaty between the Republic of Colombia and the United States of America for the settlement of their differences arising from the events that...
    • Contributor: United States - Colombia (Republic of Colombia, )
    • Date: 1914

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  • Book/Printed Material
    Conquest and Discovery of the New Kingdom of Granada in the West Indies of the Ocean Sea and Foundation of the City of Santa Fe de Bogotá.
    Conquista i descubrimiento del Nuevo Reino de Granada de las Indias Occidentales del Mar Océano y fundación de la ciudad de Santa Fé de Bogotá
    Little is known about Juan Rodríguez Freyle, the author of Conquista i descubrimiento del Nuevo Reino de Granada de las Indias Occidentales del Mar Océano y fundación de la ciudad de Santa Fé de Bogotá (Conquest and discovery of the New Kingdom of Granada in the West Indies of the Ocean Sea and foundation of the city of Santa Fe de Bogotá), a work...
    • Contributor: Rodríguez Freyle, Juan, 1566
    • Date: 1795

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  • Book/Printed Material
    Canal de Panamá : documentos relacionados con este asunto, que se publican por orden del Senado de la república Canal de Panamá (The Panama Canal) is a collection of documents published in 1903 by the Senate of the Congress of Colombia. Panama was at that time a province of Colombia, and on January 22, 1903, Tomás Herrán, the Colombian chargé d'affaires in Washington, and John Hay, the United States secretary of state, signed a treaty giving the United States the right to build...
    • Contributor: Colombia. Congreso. Senado
    • Date: 1903

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  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Inhabitants of the Plains of Mariquita, with a View of the Nevado del Tolima, Nevado del Ruiz, and the Mesa de Herveo, Province of Mariquita.
    Provincia de Mariquita. Habitantes de los llanos de Mariquita, con la vista de los nevados del Tolima, Ruiz i mesa de Herveo
    This watercolor by Henry Price (1819--63) shows campesinos with their horses, in the foreground, at a small village in the Andean highlands Province of Mariquita (present-day Tolima Department, Colombia), about 130 kilometers northwest of Bogotá. In the distance at left is the Nevado del Tolima, an active volcano. To the right is another volcano, the Mesa de Herveo (also called Nevado del Ruiz). Price...
    • Contributor: Colombia. Comisión Corográfica - Price, Henry
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Bamboo Bridge over the Río de la Plata, Facing the City, Province of Neiva.
    Provincia de Neiva. Puente de guadua sobre el río de La Plata, frente a la ciudad
    This watercolor by Manuel María Paz (1820-1902) shows a view of the Río de la Plata, with its bamboo bridge, looking up towards the town of La Plata in the Province of Neiva (in present day Huila Department, southwest Colombia), in the southern foothills of the Cordillera Central. The watercolor is typical of Paz's work, which captured the diversity of the population of Colombia...
    • Contributor: Paz, Manuel María - Colombia. Comisión Corográfica
    • Date: 1857
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Waterfall near the Source of the Magdalena, and Improvised Shelter of Leaves of the Cerbatana Plant, at an Altitude of 3,470 Meters above Sea Level, Province of Neiva.
    Provincia de Neiva. Cascada cerca del origen del Magdalena, i rancho improvisado con la hoja Cervatana, a la atura de 3470 metres sobre el nivel del mar
    This watercolor by Manuel María Paz (1820-1902) shows a waterfall near the source of the Río Magdalena cutting through forested mountain slopes in the Province of Neiva (in present-day Huila Department), in southwest Colombia. In the foreground, campesinos are cooking a meal over a campfire, sheltered by the tall leaves of Cerbatana plant. The watercolor is typical of Paz's work, which captured the diversity...
    • Contributor: Paz, Manuel María - Colombia. Comisión Corográfica
    • Date: 1857
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A View of the City of Ambalema and the Mesa de Herveo from the Right Bank of the Río Magdalena, Province of Mariquita.
    Provincia de Mariquita. Vista a la ciudad de Ambalema i de la Mesa de Derveo tomada desde la orilla derecha Magdalena
    This watercolor by Henry Price (1819--63) shows scenes of great activity on both sides of the Río Magdalena at Ambalema, a small city in the Andean highlands Province of Mariquita (present-day Tolima Department, Colombia). The Mesa de Herveo (also called Nevado del Ruiz) is in the background. The second highest peak in the Cordillera Central of the Andes, the Nevado del Ruiz is an...
    • Contributor: Colombia. Comisión Corográfica - Price, Henry
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The Plateau of Herveo, Ruiz, Tolima, Santa Isabel, and Great Crater, Province of Córdova.
    Mesa de Herve, Ruíz, Tolima, Santa Isabel y Gran Crater: Provincia de Córdova
    This watercolor by Henry Price (1819--63) depicts a plateau and volcanic mountains, with Nevado del Ruiz, also known as the Mesa de Herveo, on the right, and Tolima and Santa Isabel seen in the distance. Men in colorful ponchos are surveying the area. Price labels the scene as located in the province of Córdova; other sources identify it as in the province of Mariquita,...
    • Contributor: Colombia. Comisión Corográfica - Price, Henry
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The Guadalupe Waterfall, Province of Medellín.
    La cascada de Guadalupe: Provincia de Medellín
    This striking watercolor by Henry Price (1819--63) shows the waterfall on the Guadalupe River, northeast of Medellín, Colombia. In the lower right are seen the figures of a surveying team at work, their small sizes pointing up the enormity of the falls. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked...
    • Contributor: Colombia. Comisión Corográfica - Price, Henry
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Suspension Bridge over the Zulia River, Province of Santander.
    Puente colgante de bejucos sobre el Zulia
    This watercolor by Carmelo Fernández (1809-87) shows a suspension bridge over the Zulia River in the province of Santander (present-day Norte de Santander), in northeastern Colombia. Several people are about to cross over the bridge, which is made of vines. The Zulia River forms a small part of the international border between Colombia and Venezuela. Fernández was born in San José de Guama, Venezuela,...
    • Contributor: Colombia. Comisión Corográfica - Fernández, Carmelo
    • Date: 1850
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Sonsón Mountain, Province of Córdova.
    Montaña de Sonsón: Provincia de Córdova
    This sketch in pencil and watercolor wash by Henry Price (1819--63) is said to be the only work attributed to this artist that is signed -- with the initials E.P. (for Enrique Price) in the lower right-hand corner. The sketch is from a lush tropical forest in the province of Córdova, Colombia, and shows three men dwarfed by the dense backdrop of trees, lianas,...
    • Contributor: Colombia. Comisión Corográfica - Price, Henry
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Rocky Mountain of Entrerríos, Province of Córdova.
    El peñol de Entre Ríos: Provincia de Córdova
    This watercolor by Henry Price (1819--63) shows a large rocky structure against the background of a mountainous landscape. The small figures on the trail in the lower right emphasize the scale of the rock. The scene is from an area close to the present-day town of Entrerríos in Antioquia (present-day Department of Antioquia), Colombia. Price made several paintings of these conspicuous natural landmarks. Price...
    • Contributor: Colombia. Comisión Corográfica - Price, Henry
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The Rock of Guatapé, Province of Córdova.
    El Peñol de Guatapé. Provincia de Córdova
    This watercolor by Henry Price (1819--63) depicts a large rock formation near Medellín (present-day Antioquia Department), Colombia. The annotation in the lower left gives the height, width, and circumference of the formation and indicates that the measurements were needed by Colonel Codazzi for mapmaking. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a...
    • Contributor: Colombia. Comisión Corográfica - Price, Henry
    • Date: 1852
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A Gathering of Laborers in Angostura de la Candelaria, Río Guadalupe, Province of Medellín.
    Una cuelga en la Angostura de la Candelaria. Río Guadalupe: Provincia de Medellín
    This watercolor by Henry Price (1819--63) depicts men performing a cuelga, a gathering in which men provide work in exchange for food. The men are shown fishing in the Guadalupe River, north of the city of Medellín (present-day Antioquia), Colombia. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying...
    • Contributor: Colombia. Comisión Corográfica - Price, Henry
    • Date: 1852