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Tue Apr 3, 2018, 06:43 PM

Understanding the causes of Colombias conflict: land ownership

by Jarrod Demir April 3, 2018

At the very heart of violence and armed conflict in Colombia is land. This has been the case since before Colombia was a republic and continues to divide the country.

Colombiaís land ownership is extremely disproportionate and one of the most highly concentrated in the world. The causes of this can be traced back to the Spanish conquest of South America.

Spainís siege on the south

If you compare the colonization of Colombia to the United States, you can see how Spainís takeover of the south was vastly different to that of Britainís conquest of the north.

The British began a devolution program that would see new settlers be granted land and a vote after an initial period of free labor. This combination of land ownership and political representation would be the bedrock for American prosperity and democracy.


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