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Hello all,


not realy militaria but I hope you would allow me to post a question regarding this leather portofolio bearing initials of the consul of  Nueva Granada.

Apparently this country only existed for a very short periode of time in the north of South America, from 1830 to 1850.

Probably the consulat was located in Antwerp, Belgium,and I am trying to find out who the consul was.

Exept for his initiales, he probably was a Belgian aristocrat, judging by the nobility crown.

Thanks for any help.



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The Belgian Foreign Ministry publishes annual [sometimes biannual or quarterly] lists of consuls and diplomats accredited to the Kingdom.  I am not sure when this practice began but saw an 1835 or '36 copy at the Albertine/Albertina [National Library] in the early 1990's.   The Foreign Ministry probably would be another likely research prospect.   Good luck!

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It defenetly is Louis David- Verbist.


Still curious about the country; New Grenade! 

Would love to know more then what is on the wiki page...

Did they had uniforms , medals etc....

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Just got some great help on a maritime forum.

One of the members send me a 50 pages PDF file treating about the shipowner; Louis David Verbist.

Unfortunatly nothing about him as a consul ...but I did find out he was also a general in the Garde Civique of Antwerp.


A other point of interest to me, and it brings us back on track, regarding the military aspect of the forum.

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Hello ,Republica de Nueva Granada was the name of a Nation of the North of South America which was created in 1831 and existed until 1858 being replaced by the Grenadine Confederation which transformed in 1863 into The United States of Colombia . Nueva Granada comprised today Colombia and Panama 

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But that is wath it says on the wikipedia page.

What I am curious after is, the uniforms, the army organisation.

Did they created medal orders etc..

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Stuka , Nueva Granada was a Spanish Viceroyalty created in 1717 that lasted until 1819 .You can take a look in Wikipedia about it. Viceroyalty of New Granada . 

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