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Colombia is a country full of cultures that span the history of time and the fighting ideals of the world. Dating back to this area's pre-history, the Indigenous
Chibcha Indians who dominated the area. Their tribe was one of the largest and most long standing of all pre-historic South American Tribes. The Chibcha people were expert farmers, miners, and craftsmen with an advanced language system. This culture is still celebrated and respected in Colombia. The arrival of the Spaniards was met with unrest and the forcing of European culture and religion prompted people to revolt by the time the 1800s rolled around.
Civil unrest has been a part of the Colombian culture ever since the Spaniards arrived. At that time the people were fighting for their land back whereas today they are separated by their political ideals. There are two sides that are unable to agree, the liberals and the conservatives. Talking politics with the Colombians is best not attempted or at least done in the utmost respectful way as it continues to be a major problem for the citizens today.
Traditions are deeply set in Colombia. You will particularly notice this during lunch. However hard one may be working either in business or in the farm fields; people stop to eat their lunch which begins with soup and ends with fruit juice. Food is a major ingredient in this divided country's sense of nationalism.
Visitors tend to be very impressed with the arts and crafts in Colombia. Learning about the meanings and inspiration behind the various works will bring you deeper into the understanding of the various influences to have shaped present-day Colombia.