The only country in South America to border the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Colombia is the continent's fourth-largest country and has the second-largest population behind Brazil. The country's terrain is also one of the most physically diverse in South America, with snowcapped volcanoes, swampy marshes, tropical savannahs, and lush rain forests dotting its landscape. Its people are of European, African, and Native American descent, and both the Spanish language and Catholic religion bring these diverse groups together. Colombia takes students on an in-depth journey through this geographically and ethnically varied nation. Handsomely illustrated with full-color photographs and peppered with maps and concise facts at a glance and history at a glance features, this book is a comprehensive exploration of the people, culture, history, geography, environment, economy, and government of Colombia.