This paper contributes to the Colombian historiography about commemorations by exploring the diversity of ways in which Colombia celebrates the Centennial of the Battle of Boyacá (1919). This study approaches the different ways in which the celebration took place in Bogota and some cities of Colombia through three dimensions: the consolidation of national unity, artistic and industrial exhibitions and the construction of monuments. The applied methodology was based on critical analysis of different primary sources. Especially local books of the Centennial Celebration Boards, speeches, decrees, and laws issued during the commemorative events. From these, it is evident that national and regional commemorative discourses were constructed appealing to concepts such as homeland and nation to create a feeling of debt towards the Independence heroes.
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Celebration of the Centennial of the Battle of Boyacá
Critical analysis of primary historical sources
Decrees and laws issued on the occasion of the celebration of the Battle of Boyacá