I am a doctoral student at the University of Notre Dame, where I study Indigenous and Black Royalism during Colombia’s independence process. I focus on understanding the reasons to fight against the republic, and the lasting consequences faced by inhabitants of royalist bastions through the consolidation of the Republic. The exclusion of these territories from the national foundational myth contributed to abandonment and neglectfulness through the 19th century, and I hope my work will help explain this phenomenon. I am originally from Santander, Colombia and received my B.A. in History from Hillsdale College, in Michigan. Growing up in Colombia made me aware of the economic disparity and strict social distinctions that shape every interaction in the country. The roots of these constructions intrigue me, especially as they pertain my main research interest and show Colombia’s uniqueness for studying this topic when compared to other neighboring countries.