25 Vintage Color Photos of Colombia in 1959

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Colombia is a country in South America. It is bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the north, Venezuela to the east, Brazil to the southeast, Ecuador and Peru to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and Panama to the northwest.

Colombia in 1959
Colombia comprises 32 departments and the Capital District of Bogotá, the country’s largest city. It covers an area of 1,141,748 square kilometers (440,831 sq mi). Colombia’s rich cultural heritage reflects influences by various Amerindian civilizations, European settlement, African slaves, and immigration from Europe and the Middle East. Spanish is the nation’s official language, besides which over 70 languages are spoken.
Colombia is one of the world’s seventeen megadiverse countries, and has the second-highest level of biodiversity in the world. Its territory encompasses Amazon rainforest, highlands, grasslands, and deserts, and it is the only country in South America with coastlines and islands along both Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Colombia is also a member of major global and regional organizations including the United Nations, the WTO, the OECD, the OAS, the Pacific Alliance, the Andean Community, and a NATO Global Partner. Its diversified economy is the third-largest in South America, with macroeconomic stability and favorable long-term growth prospects.
These beautiful color photos from Bob McCleskey were taken by Ernst Leonhardt on his trip to South America in 1959.
Colombia. Armenia local bull ring made of bamboo, 1551m

Colombia. Bridge over Rio Fonce leaving San Gil

Colombia. Bucaramanga from hotel window. A clean, impressive city at foot of mountains, 1018m

Colombia. Cabbage, rice, beans, corn meal. Some people wearing patched patches for clothing

Colombia. Edge of town of Moniquira. Market day beginning to taper off, 2500m

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