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Columbia people

George Hripcsak MD, MS. Chair...

Colombians colombianos in Spanishare citizens of Colombia. A Colombian can also be a person born abroad to a Colombian parent or legal guardian as well as a person who acquired Colombian citizenship. Colombia is a multiethnic society Columbia people, home to people of various ethnic, religious and national origins.

As a result, majority of Colombians do not equate their nationality with their ethnicity, usually embracing and espousing both simultaneously. The majority of the Colombian population is made up of Old World immigrants and their descendants. Following the initial period of Spanish conquest and immigration, different waves of immigration and settlement of non-indigenous peoples took place over the course of nearly six centuries and continue Columbia people. Elements of indigenous "Columbia people" and more recent immigrant customs, languages and religions have combined to form the culture of Colombia and thus a modern Colombian identity.

In this regard, Colombia and Colombians share many cultural similarities with their South American neighbors: BraziliansVenezuelans and others.

Originally, Colombia's territory was inhabited entirely by Amerindian groups. Colombia's indigenous cultures evolved from three main groups—the Quimbayaswho inhabited the western slopes of the Cordillera Central; the Chibchas; and the Kalina Caribs. The Muisca culture, a subset of the larger Chibcha Columbia people group and famous for their use of gold, were responsible for the Columbia people of El Dorado.

Today indigenous people comprise roughly 3. Most of them speak languages belonging to the Chibchan and Cariban language families. Historically there are reserves resguardos established for indigenous peoples and they are inhabited by more thanpeople. The constitution established that their native languages are official in their territories, and most of them have bilingual education systems teaching both native languages and Spanish.

Estimates of the mestizo population in Colombia vary widely, as Colombia's national census does not distinguish between white and mestizo Colombians. According to the census, the mestizo and white population combined make up approximately White Colombians are primarily descended from European immigrants, who were primarily Spanish settlers, and a small number of other Europeans who arrived during the 19th and 20th centuries.

When they Columbia people first processed in Colombia's [ports, they were classified as "Turks".

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