Venezuela, Colombia and the Guianas 1914 CE

Colombia and Venezuela experience unrest and chaos - but also economic expansion.

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What is happening in Venezuela, Colombia and the Guianas in 1914CE

In Colombia, bitter hostility between Conservatives and Liberals led to the outbreak of a vicious civil war known as the “Thousand Days War” (1899-1902). As many as 100,000 people died in the war, and in its aftermath, Panama, hitherto the northern province of Colombia, seceded with US help (1903). The last few years have seen Colombia’s economy expand, thanks largely due the rise of its coffee-growing industry.

In Venezuela, after Guzman’s fall (1888), a period of political turmoil set in again, only ended by a start of a series of ruthless dictatorships in 1899. The rise of the oil industry then began to bring prosperity to the country.

To the east, a small gold rush in British Guiana led to some immigration, and a measure of development for the hitherto undeveloped north-west. The inhabitants of the colony were given a small measure of self-government, electing their own officials.

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