By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 22, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we look at the difficulties faced in drawing border lines for nations.

Fluid Borders

It is hard, really hard – that is to draw borders.

The Spanish had that problem in South and Central America, which they conquered, except for Brazil and smaller territories in the Guyana’s held by the Dutch, French and British.

The case study of artificial borders goes back to the Republic of New Granada, which existed from 1831 to 1858 and consisted mostly of today’s Columbia, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, Equator and portions of Peru, and silvers of Brazil. 

It shed some territories and the core became the Granadina Confederation which in turn consisted mostly of today’s Columbia and Panama and was formed on May 22, 1858.

Panama separated in 1903, leaving Columbia by itself.

New Granada is pictured in this map, called Columbia, from 1831 by Teesdale.

Columbia map – Circa 1831 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.