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Title: Reclamacion de Colmenáres i hermano contra el tesoro de Colombia
Creator: Colmenáres i hermano
Publication Info: Bogotá : Imprenta i estereotipia de, 1869.
Physical Details: 20 p. ; 26 x 16 1/2 cms.
Physical Condition: Top wrapper worn and dust-stained. Last page ibid.

Summary: Two Venezuelan citizens, Colmenares and his brother, here demand the restitution of their property in the Cauca Valley or compensation for it, since they had lost it during the civil war 1860-63. They argued that during the war the government ordered the expropriation of their haciendas which were put up for auction and sold for less than their real value. The document includes copies of the lawsuits.
Historical Notes: From 1851 to 1903 the Colombian population grew from two to five million. Due to the population increase productive land became scarce and its ownership contested. Colonos found their informal rights over land insufficient to protect them from the encroachment of large landowners. While hacendados could pay for the legal titling process, colonos could not afford it. These conflicts happened at the same time that land expropriation decrees were enacted. Through these decrees, land was expropriated from the Church, but also from private owners, and sold almost immediately by the government in order to pay its creditors. Sánchez Torres, Fabio; Fazio Vargas, Antonella; López-Uribe, María del Pilar 2010 Conflictos de tierra, derechos de propiedad y surgimiento de la economía exportadora en Colombia, 1850-1925. In Economía Colombiana del siglo XIX. Primera edición. A. Meisel Roca and M.T. Ramírez, eds. Pp. 252. Bogotá: Banco de la República.
Donor Notes: Colmenares and his bother claimed to have lost close to 98,000 pesos during the 1860-63 civil war in the Valle del Cauca, where they had brought a capital of 200,000 pesos in 1855, establishing a mercantile house in Cali, bought and equipped three haciendas. They were Venezuelan claimants. - J.L.H.

Subject(s): Colmenáres i hermano -- Claims vs. Colombia
Colombia -- History -- Civil War, 1860-1862 -- Claims
Valle del Cauca (Colombia) -- Economic conditions -- 19th century

Type: Pamphlet
Language: Spanish
Format: JPG
PDF - Color
Donor: Helguera, J. León
Collection: Helguera, J. León Collection
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Accession Number: P00166
Record Number: 165
Islandora ID: islandora:10282