Resolution J5821-2013

Commemorating the 204th Anniversary of Colombia's Declaration of Independence



  • Jun 17, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 12, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 204th Anniversary of Colombia's
Declaration of Independence on July 20, 2014

WHEREAS, Colombia is the only overland gateway joining North and Central
America with South America; and
  WHEREAS,  Native  Colombians,  African  people,  and  Spanish settlers
contributed to the "cultural melting pot" of what is today Colombia; and
  WHEREAS, After centuries under Spanish colonial rule characterized  by
political uprisings, cultural and religious influence, and the emergence
of  new  social classes, Colombia's independence process started on July
20, 1810; and
  WHEREAS, On that day, the citizens of Bogota created the first  repre-
sentative council leading to what would become Colombia's first national
government; and
  WHEREAS,  Though this revolutionary movement was only the beginning of
Colombia's process of independence, it was a crucial turning  point  for
the nation's social cohesion and much of Latin America; and
  WHEREAS,  Led  by Simon Bolivar, complete victory over the Spanish was
declared in August of 1819; and
  WHEREAS, Today, Colombia is often recognized as Latin America's oldest
democracy; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body would like to recognize that  New  York
is  home  to  many  Colombians and Colombian-Americans and would like to
join them in celebrating Colombia's Independence Day; now, therefore  be
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 204th Anniversary of Colombia's Declaration of Independ-
ence, on July 20, 2014; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Dr. Elsa Gladys Cifuentes Aranzazu, Consul General of  Colom-
bia in New York, and to New York's various Colombian organizations.


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