La República de Colombia es un Estado Social de Derecho, organizado en forma de República unitaria, descentralizada, con autonomía de sus entidades territoriales, democrática, participativa y pluralista. El territorio sobre el que Colombia ejerce soberanía se encuentra localizado en la zona noroccidental de América del Sur, es el único país en Sudamérica con costas en los océanos Pacífico y Atlántico, a través del Mar Caribe, asimismo, tiene soberanía sobre un tramo del río Amazonas en el trapecio amazónico, por lo que se le ha llamado "Patria de Tres Mares". Su nombre oficial es República de Colombia y su capital es Bogotá. Colombia limita continentalmente con Venezuela al este, Brasil al sudeste, Perú y Ecuador al sur, y Panamá al noroeste.
The Republic of Colombia is the northwesternmost country of South America. Colombia is bordered to the east by ► Venezuela and ► Brazil; to the south by ► Ecuador and ► Peru; to the North by the Atlantic Ocean, through the Caribbean Sea; and to the west by ► Panama and the Pacific Ocean. Colombia is also the only country in South America that borders both the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean
This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day Colombia, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day Colombia.
Colombia as part of the Vicerroyalty of Peru XVII Century
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