It's hard to find one map that tells the entire story of this novel, which recreates the first human settlement of South America and the arrival of the Spaniards in the 1500s, and was written in Mexico by a Colombian author who was first published in Argentina. This map shows Colombia, where the author Gabriel Garcia Márquez was born in the small village of Aracataca, that country's position on the western frontier of the continent, and its proximity to Central America and the Atlantic Ocean.
|1st – 15th centuries CE|
|1796-1806||Internal political divisions spring up between federalists and centralists; provinces of New Granada set up their own political factions.
|1810||Granada declares independence from Spain, renaming itself first Gran Colombia, then Cundinamarca.
|1830||Gran Colombia becomes the Republic of New Granada.
|1886||United States of Colombia becomes the Republic of Colombia.
|1928||Gabriel García Márquez is born in Aracataca on March 6.
|1946||García Márquez enrolls in law school at the Universidad Nacional in Bogotá.
|1952||García Márquez becomes a reporter for El Espectador in Bogotá, and offends the government with his investigative reporting.
|1957-74||The National Front government unites Conservatives and Liberals.
|1965-7||One Hundred Years of Solitude.
|1974-90s||Growth of influence for drug cartels, notably the Medellin, in Colombia. Three presidential candidates are assassinated by the cartels.
|1991||A new constitution is written, to bring about legal and institutional reforms.