Today, July 20th, marks the 201st anniversary of Colombia's independence from Spanish rule. Frustrated with their limited influence over their home country, the Colombian people rioted in protest of the unfair treatment. On July 20, 1810, specifically, a mob of Colombian citizens in Bogota, driven by an impassioned speech by leader José Acevedo y Gómez, surrounded the Viceroy ready to attack, forcing him to sign an act which permitted a local ruling council and eventually freedom.

Today, Colombians remember the victory with a sense of hope for a peaceful resolution to the violence and drug crimes that have continued to plague the country. They commemorate the day by celebrating their country's rich history, culture and people.

That's why, here in the states, we're recognizing the South American country's victory with our own tribute to their people; namely, their beautiful female population. If there's anything Colombians can always proudly laid claim to, it's their population of strikingly gorgeous ladies. Thus, let us celebrate the country's independence by saluting the 50 Hottest Colombian Women.

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