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Source: Republic of Colombia

Bogotá (Oct. 12/20). In the first decades of the 20th century, one of the most important debates was against the liberalism and radicalism of some ideologues and promoters of populism within the Conservative Party known as “Los Leopardos.” They emerged as a political process in conservatism, standard bearers of culture, civilization and progress and in semblance of the currents of European fascism. In fact, at some point they sought to create an alternative path to bipartisan politics in Colombia.

Labor history of the politician Gilberto Alzate Avendaño (1)

This group of personalities stood out for being a generation of young people outside the traditional centers of power in the country. One of its most important representatives was Gilberto Alzate Avendaño, who belonged to a second generation of this political group and achieved an outstanding political career as a deputy to the Caldas Departmental Assembly, representative to the Chamber and senator of the Republic.

Alzate Avendaño, in addition to being a politician, was a prominent writer who sought to recover the memory of Simón Bolívar and the social-Catholic doctrine in Colombia. For this reason, it was widely disseminated thanks to the power of the Church in the country and its reform initiative in other areas outside politics.

In the new intellectual history that is being built in Colombia, the study of this character should be delved even more, because, as mentioned by the historian Gilberto Loaiza in his review of the book “El porvenir del past: Gilberto Álzate Avendaño, leopard sensitivity and democracy. The Colombian right of the thirties. ”, Alzate came from Manizales, a bastion city of Catholicism and rising on the national scene thanks to the impulse of the coffee bourgeoisie and the country’s insertion into the international market. (3)

Therefore, the documentation that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has on the mission of Álzate Avendaño in Spain between 1955 and 1957 is of great importance, which has various reports of cultural, administrative, economic, commercial, migration, censuses of Colombians and other bilateral communications.

Gilberto Álzate Avendaño died in Bogotá two years after his retirement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs due to liver disease. His legacy continues in force in various monuments and tributes throughout the national territory, such as the foundation that bears his name in the capital of the country and which is attached to the Mayor’s Office. Various exhibitions, plastic arts and independent music are carried out there.

(one). Central Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Labor Histories, Box 65504, Folder 111. (2). https://enccyclopedia.banrepcultural.org/index.php/Gilberto_Alzate_Avenda…

(3). Review on Ayala Diago, “César Augusto. The future of the past: Gilberto Alzate Avendaño, leopard sensibility and democracy. The Colombian Right of the 1930s. ” In: critical history No. 36, Bogotá, July-December 2008, 270 pp. issn 0121-1617 pp 234-242

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