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International Coffeehouses: Colombia

This guide will provide links to resources related to the countries featured in the International Coffeehouses.

Colombia street view

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Facts in Brief

Country flag

 

The Republic of Colombia lies in the north-west of South America, with the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Its continental neighbours are Venezuela and Brazil to the east, and Peru and Ecuador to the south, while Panama connects it with Central America. The coastal areas have a tropical rainforest climate, the plateaux are temperate, and in the Andes mountains there are areas of permanent snow. Total average annual rainfall is 2,676 mm (105 ins). The language is Spanish. Almost all of the inhabitants profess Christianity, and around 87% are Roman Catholics. The national flag (proportions 2 by 3) has three horizontal stripes, of yellow (one-half of the depth) over dark blue over red. The capital is Bogotá.


Image Citation: Country Flag (Colombia), in Europa World online. London, Routledge. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Retrieved 29 October 2020 from http://www.europaworld.com/entry/co.FLAG

Citation: Location, Climate, Language, Religion, Flag, Capital (Colombia), in Europa World online. London, Routledge. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Retrieved 29 October 2020 from http://www.europaworld.com/entry/co.is.2

Music Books from UT's Catalog

Art & Architecture

Mona Lisa, Age Twelve by Fernando Botero

Mona Lisa, Age Twelve by Fernando Botero


Fernando Botero, Colombian, born 1932. (1959). Mona Lisa, Age Twelve. [Painting]. Retrieved from https://library.artstor.org/asset/AMOMA_10312310775

Statue at San Agustin Park

Statue at San Agustin Park


(Image: 1941). Statue at San Agustin Park. Retrieved from https://library.artstor.org/asset/AYALE_PEABODYIG_10313279378

Bird-form finial

Bird-form finial


Colombia, Northwest Colombia, Sinú region, Zenú culture, South American; Pre-Columbian; Sinú, South American; Columbian. (c. A.D. 500-1500). Bird-form finial. [Other]. Retrieved from https://library.artstor.org/asset/AMICO_DALLAS_103842431

A portrait of an elderly man. by Stephan Vanfleteren

A portrait of an elderly man. by Stephan Vanfleteren


Stephan Vanfleteren. (2006). A portrait of an elderly man.. Retrieved from https://library.artstor.org/asset/APANOSIG_10313585063

Read about the Art & Architecture of Colombia!

Music of Colombia

Music of Colombia Album Art


"These recordings were made in 1951 by Dr. Andrew H. Whiteford in the little city of Popayán, in southwestern Colombia. Two types of traditional music are found in Popayán: the murga and the chirimía. The Spanish word murga means ‘a wandering band of street musicians.’ It is sometimes called a conjunto."


Music of Colombia [Streaming Audio]. (n.d.). Folkways Records. Retrieved from Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries database.

Books from the UT Collection

Map of Colombia

Colombia map

Image Citation: Country Map (Colombia), in Europa World online. London, Routledge. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Retrieved 29 October 2020 from http://www.europaworld.com/entry/co.MAP

Watch My Colombia

Literature

Álvaro Mutis headshot

Álvaro Mutis (b.1923)

"Known as a poet most of his life, Mutis, a native of Bogotá, blossomed as one of Colombia's major novelists during the 1980s and 1990s. He has published more than fifteen books of poetry and fiction. Mutis began publishing poetry in the 1940s, and continued in the 1950s and 1960s, describing a decaying world, often in a satirical tone. Many of his prose poems are narrated in the bitter and ironic voice of a character named Maqroll el Gaviero. One of Mutis's major books of poetry is Los trabajos perdidos (1965). He has lived most of his adult life in Mexico."

La nieve del almirante available for checkout in Hodges Library


Image Citation: "Álvaros Mutis" by Juan Manuel Herrera is licensed under CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Citation: Williams, R. L. (2008). Mutis, Alvaro (1923–). In J. Kinsbruner & E. D. Langer (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture (2nd ed., Vol. 4, pp. 759-760). Charles Scribner's Sons. https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/CX3078903848/GVRL?u=tel_s_tsla&sid=GVRL&xid=fdae6857

Gabriel García Márquez headshot

Gabriel García Márquez (b.1927)

"Márquez is Colombia's best-known novelist and short-story writer. The two most important years of García Márquez's career are 1967, when his masterpiece Cien años de soledad (1967; One Hundred Years of Solitude, 1970) brought him overnight fame, and 1982, when he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. The people, landscape, and atmosphere of the coast of Colombia are an important aspect of García Márquez's work. Many of his novels and short stories are set in the coastal towns of Colombia, portrayed either through the mythical town of Macondo or set in the colonial city of Cartagena."

Novellas. English: Collected novellas available for checkout at Hodges Library


Image Citation: "Gabriel Garcia Marquez wearing a Guayabera" by Unknown author is licensed under CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Citation: Watson, Maida. "García Márquez, Gabriel (1927–)." Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, edited by Jay Kinsbruner and Erick D. Langer, 2nd ed., vol. 3, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2008, pp. 392-394. Gale eBooks, https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/CX3078902427/GVRL?u=tel_s_tsla&sid=GVRL&xid=8e5efacb. Accessed 1 Nov. 2020.

 

Jorge Isaacs headshot

Jorge Isaacs (1837-1895)

"More than as a poet, explorer, politician, or ethnologist, Isaacs is known as a novelist for his only and unique novel. María (1867; Maria, 1890) won him a place in history and in the hearts of millions around the world. Published in every Spanish-speaking country and translated into many languages, María caused critics to proclaim it the "most exquisite sentimental novel" and "one of the most beautiful creations and … closest to perfection" for its "clear aesthetic conscience." Latin America, in its postindependence search for identity, found itself in María's landscape and humane romantic soul."

María is available for checkout at Hodges Library


Image Citation: "Retrato Jorge Isaacs" by Gobernación Valle Del Cauca is licensed under CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Citation: Suárez-Torres, J. D. (2008). Isaacs, Jorge (1837–1895). In J. Kinsbruner & E. D. Langer (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture (2nd ed., Vol. 3, pp. 877-878). Charles Scribner's Sons. https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/CX3078902933/GVRL?u=tel_s_tsla&sid=GVRL&xid=ef3c0dd8

Art Music, Traditional Music, and Popular Music of Colombia

Images from World Book Online

Harvesting Coffee Beans

Harvesting Coffee Beans

"Coffee ranks among Colombia's most important export crops. Colombia is one of the largest coffee-producing countries in the world. The worker shown here picks coffee beans on a farm in Sasaima, near Bogota."


Harvesting coffee beans [Online image]. (2020). In World Book Advanced, Retrieved from https://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/media?id=pc314770

Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia

"Colombia was settled by Spaniards in the early 1500's. The port city of Cartagena, shown here, still has buildings dating from the colonial period. The Spanish explorer Pedro de Heredia founded Cartagena in 1533."


Cartagena, Colombia [Online image]. (2020). In World Book Advanced, Retrieved from https://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/media?id=pc367532

Bogotá, Colombia

Bogotá, Colombia

"Bogotá is the capital and largest city of Colombia. The Santamaría bullring, shown here, is one of the city's key points of interest. The Park Towers, designed by Colombian architect Rogelio Salmona, rise beside the bullring."


Bogotá, Colombia [Online image]. (2020). In World Book Advanced, Retrieved from https://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/media?id=pc369304

Caño Cristales

Caño Cristales

"The waters of Colombia's Caño Cristales (Crystal Spout) bloom with vibrant color each autumn. The river's colors come from black rocks, green algae, yellow sands, and blue waters. The distinctive vibrant red comes from a tropical riverweed called macarenia clavigera that has adapted to the river's rushing waters and rocky riverbed."


Caño Cristales in south-central Colombia [Online image]. (2020). In World Book Advanced, Retrieved from
https://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/media?id=pc373361

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