The Republic of Colombia,
formerly the Viceroyalty of Grenada, (1822-1830) included the greater
part of the modern nations of Colombia, Venezuela, Panama and Ecuador.
It was organized at Congress of Cúcuta in 1821 following the
successful war of liberation against Spain. Bolívar became president
and Francisco de Paula Santander vice president. The constitution also
called for a bicameral legislature elected from the three regions of
The stamp from Venezuela shows the approximate borders
of the Republic of Colombia and was issued in 1969 to commemorate the
150th anniversary of “Gran Colombia,” a name given to the republic by
In 1929 Venezuela withdrew
from the republic, Peru invaded Ecuador and Colombian troops
under Sucre defeat the Peruvians at the Battle of Tarqui.In 1961
Ecuador issued a set of three stamps with a map to commemorate the
132nd anniversary of the defeat of Peru in the battle of Tarqui.