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Colombia Through Time

Prehistoric cave paintings such as the ones pictured here in the Llano region of eastern Colombia, near the town of Inírida, reveal that humans have lived in South America for tens of thousands of years. Today, Amerindians still make up more than half of the population of this region of ­Colombia.

hastens organic decay), dense vegetation, and other factors, few traces of early humans have been found in Colombia. Very little is really known about the country’s earliest ­inhabitants. Native ­Cultures From the dawn of human settlement to the ­present ­day, Amerindians have played a vital role in Colombia’s cultural history. Although today they number only about one percent of the



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