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Constitution of Cucuta

The Constitution of Cucuta, also known as Constitution of the Gran Colombia and Constitution of 1821 was the founding document and constitution of the country of Gran Colombia, unifying the territories of the Viceroyalty of New Granada as part of a federation. It was signed during the Congress of Cucuta on August 30, 1821.

The Congress elected in Angostura reassembled in Cucuta after the June 24, 1821, Battle of Carabobo, which gave independence to Venezuela. After liberating Caracas, Cartagena, Popayan and Santa Marta, on July 18, the Congress resumed efforts to draft a new Constitution to include the liberated regions. The final draft was approved on August 30, 1821, and expedited on July 12, 1822. The Constitution was structured into 10 chapters and 91 articles.

This is considered the first constitution of Colombia, and lasted until the dissolution of Gran Colombia in 1831.


Bushnell, David (1970). The Santander Regime in Gran Colombia. Westport: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0837129818

Gibson, William Marion (1948). The Constitutions of Colombia. Durham: Duke University Press.

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