Celebrating 200 Years Of Freedom And Memories Of Things Forgotten In Santa Fe De Antioquia
Nov. 5, 2013, Santa Fe de Antioquia, Colombia: Lying just outside of the bustling Medellin, is Santa fe De Antioquia—equally as charming and full of character and history.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
It’s a big year for Santa Fe de Antioquia, the small but almost perfectly preserved Spanish-colonial town tucked away in the Colombian Andes some 50 miles from Medellin.
On Aug. 11, Santa Fe celebrated the 200th anniversary of its unilateral declaration of independence from the Spanish crown, when the town's fathers, inspired by the French and American revolutions and Napoleon's victories in Spain, proclaimed that they had “ceremoniously thrown off the yoke” of Spanish rule and were “free forever.”
True up to a point. Three years later, after the Iron Duke had put the kibosh on little Bony at Waterloo, the Spanish Monarchy took a lash to the back of this rebellious enclave. The President of independent Santa Fe was duly marched before a firing squad, defiantly proclaiming that ''to live today is a disgrace. Man does not exist only to live.” It was not until the 1830s that Santa Fe and the rest of modern Colombia got true independence.