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Colombian Flag

Shop for authentic Colombia Flags. We offer indoor and outdoor Colombia flags in durable nylon. Our outdoor flags are finished with a canvas heading, while indoor flags are finished with a lined pole hem and your choice of with or without fringe. We also offer indoor and outdoor Colombia flag sets. In addition to the flags we offer for purchase, we maintain an archive of the audio for the Colombia National Anthem, historical information about the Colombia flag, and demographic data about Colombia

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History of the Colombia Flag

The Colombian Flag consists of 3 horizontal bands of yellow, blue, and red. The yellow band covers half of the flag and the blue and red band cover a quarter of the flag each. The Colombian flag and the colors on it are seen as having two different meanings. The first interpretation is that the yellow color symbolizes gold, the wealth of the country's soil, and agriculture, whilst other sources consider the yellow to represent the harmony and justice of the country, as well as the sun. The blue color, according to some sources, represents the oceans and the sky, whereas others claim that it represents loyalty and attention paid to the country from the people of Colombia. The red color signifies the blood that was shed and the fight for the country's independence and in other cases is said to signify the determination and dedication of the people.

The Colombian flag, which was created by Francisco de Mirandoshares and adopted on November 26th, 1861 shares the same colors with the flags of Venezuela and Ecuador. Today, it is known to be one of the world's oldest flags.

Colombia is located in South America and is the 4th largest South American country. Its name was derived from the explorer, Christopher Columbus. It shares borders with Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Panama. The capital city of Colombia is called Bogota. Bogota is the second largest capital city in South America. Colombia is also referred to as the "getaway to South America," because of its location which connects South America to Central and North America.

In 1499, the Spanish arrived in the country and it eventually became a Spanish colony, known as "New Granada." Colombia was under Spanish rule for 250 years. In 1808, when the French invaded Spain, it was an opportunity to try and seek independence. During the first attempts for independence, they were defeated and in 1819, following the collapse of the Spanish Empire, the Colombian forces (led by Venezuelan general Simon Bolivar) claimed victory against the Spanish and Colombia. Venezuela, Ecuador, and Panama declared independence and the country "Gran Colombia" was formed. In 1830, Venezuela and Ecuador separated, leaving Colombia and Panama together until 1835, when Colombia became a separate nation.

Colombia is thought to be the 2nd most "biodiverse country in the world" and is home to the largest amount of species in the world.

There are many beautiful sights to visit and the main tourist attraction in Colombia is the "Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira," which is located in Bogoto. Bogoto is a city that is full of street artists. The city is unique in that street art and graffiti are permitted and encouraged by the government. Another popular sight to visit is the "Cano Cristales," which is known as the "River of Five Colors," or the "Liquid Rainbow," as the river and beds change color between yellow, red, green, blue, and black. Visitors to Colombia also have the opportunity to see the tallest palm trees in the world, with some measuring at 60m high.

Geographic Coordinates
4 00 N, 72 00 W
Area
1,138,914
Population
44,205,293
Life Expectancy
74.31 years
Government Type
Republic
Capital
Bogota
GDP
$401 billion (2009 est.)
Unemployment
12% (2009 est.)
Currency
Peso (COP)
Calling Code
+57
Internet TLD
.co

Colombia National Anthem

National Anthem of Colombia (Himno Nacional de la Republica de Colombia)

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Lyrics

O unfading glory!
O immortal joy!
In furrows of pain
the good now germinates.

The horrible night has ceased,
the sublime liberty
spills the auroras
of its invincible light.
All humanity,
which moans within chains,
understands the words
of He who died on the Cross.

"Independence!" cries
the American world;
soaked in blood of heroes
the land of Columbus.
Still, one great principle,
"The king is not sovereign",
resounds, and those who suffer
bless their passion.

The Orinoco's bed
fills with the remains,
of blood and tears a river
is there seen flowing.
In Bárbula they don't know
the souls nor the eyes,
if admiration or horror
feel or suffer.

On the shores of the Caribbean,
famished the people fight,
horrors preferring
to treacherous health.
O, aye! for Cartagena
the abnegation is much,
and the shambles of death
its courage despises .

From Boyacá in the fields,
the genius of glory,
for every ear a hero
undefeated crowned.
Soldiers without breastplate
won victory;
their virile breath
as shield served.

Bolivar crosses the Andes
that two oceans bathe,
swords as sparks
shine in Junín.
Untameable centaurs
descend to the plains,
and a prescience begins to be felt,
of the epic the end.

The victorious trumpet
in Ayacucho thunders,
that in every triumph grows
its formidable sound.
In its expansive thrust
Liberty is worn for the first time,
from the American sky
a pavilion forming.

The virgin her hairs
pulls out in agony
and from her beloved widowed
hangs them on a cypress.
Regretting her hope
covered by a cold headstone,
but glorious pride
hallows her fair skin.

Thus the motherland is formed,
Thermopylaes are breaking forth;
constellation of cyclops
its night brightened.
The trembling flower
finding the wind mortal,
underneath the laurels
safety sought.

But it's not complete glory
to defeat in battle,
that the arm that fights
is encouraged by truth.
Independence alone
The great clamour doesn't silence;
if the sun illuminates everyone,
justice is liberty.

From men the rights
Nariño's preaching,
the soul of struggle
prophetically taught.
Ricaurte in San Mateo,
in atoms flying,
"Duty before life,"
with flames he wrote.