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People and Culture

During the past ­half-­century, Colombians have gradually migrated to the country’s urban areas. Today, only about 25 percent of the nation’s citizens live in rural areas. Pictured here is a residential area in the village of Bete, which is located on the Atrato River in the northern part of the ­country.

population. As a result, their potential to further develop the rural economy is ­lost. Ethnicity For many centuries, people have attempted to classify human-­ kind into various meaningful groups. It has proved largely to be an exercise in futility. Today, such terms as race, nationality,



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