Last year, I wrote about how the US stole Panama (from Colombia) and while everything I wrote is based on facts, there are facts that were withheld simply because I didn’t read further into the subject…until now. There is more to consider when coming to a conclusion about the story of Panama and how it relates to Colombia.
When Colombia gained independence from Spain, it didn’t include Panama as part of its territory. Panama gained independence separately and being separated from Spain while wanting to show solidarity with Bolívar, they voluntarily accepted Bolívar’s call to create the Grand Bolivian Nation, or La Gran Colombia (together with Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru). Upon Bolívar’s death in 1830, Panama didn’t see much of a reason for the continuance of said union and that is when it searched out a way to separate itself, only to fail as a result. It is said that there were 17 attempts in the history of Panama to declare itself a sovereign nation from Spain and later Colombia, all prior to the dealings of the US with Colombia.
What this means is, in the sense of the loss or ‘rape’ of Panama from Colombia, in a certain form, it did happen and the way it happened was plain evil on the part of the US. On the other hand, there was a 308 year old Spanish-ruled Panama (1513-1821) that pre-dated La Gran Colombia (1819-1830). One year into their independence from Spain, Panama joined La Gran Colombia until the union’s demise in 1830. In 1831, after a failed military coup by Panama, they joined The Republic of New Granada (ie, Colombia) for about 70 years until the day came when the US intervened.
So who should be indignant about what? Well, that is a good question and the answer can only have merit once all the facts are brought to light. I hope I’ve helped in doing just that.