country in NW South America, on the Pacific Ocean & the Caribbean Sea: gained independence from Spain in 1819: 439,736 sq mi (1,138,910 sq km); cap. Bogotá
A country of northwest South America with coastlines on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Previously inhabited by the Chibchas, it was settled by the Spanish in 1530s and formed the nucleus of the viceroyalty of New Granada after 1739. The area gained its independence from Spain in 1820 under the leadership of Simón Bolívar, but the modern state of Colombia did not emerge until after Venezuela and Ecuador (1830) and later Panama (1903) had become separate nations. Bogotá is the capital and the largest city.
- Country in South America. Official name: Republic of Colombia.
OriginSee also: Colômbia
After Genoese explorer Christopher Columbus (1451–1506).