Venezuela, Colombia and the Guianas 1837 CE

Colombia and Venezuela are now independent countries.

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What is happening in Venezuela, Colombia and the Guianas in 1837CE

With liberation, the old Spanish viceroyalty of New Granada became the independent Federation of Gran Colombia, with the hero of the liberation movement, Simon Bolivar, as its president. Soon, however, regional tensions resulted in the break up of the federation into the separate counties of Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador (1830).

Colombia (named the Republic of New Granada) has become a democracy, with the famous general Santander as president.  It has experienced stability and economic progress. Venezuela, on the other hand, is now under a military dictatorship.

To the east, the British have taken over a large part of Guiana from the Dutch as a result of the Napoleonic Wars (1814). Slavery is abolished throughout the British Empire in 1834, and the ex-slaves are establishing their own communities along the coast. To replace the freed slaves, the colonial power is bringing in workers form their colonies in Eastern Asia, particularly India.

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