In 1510 Spaniards founded Darian, the first European settlement. Colombia had a 14 year struggle during the time of Simon Bolivior's troops won the battle of Boyaca. Colombia won it's independence in 1824. Simon united Colombia, Vanezuela, Panama, and Ecuador in the Republic of Greater Colombia but he lost Vanezuela and Ecuador. Although Bolívar's authority prevailed by and large in the constitutional assembly, Greater Colombia soon fell apart.A new constitution in 1858 created a confederation of nine states called Granadina. Three years later under Mosquera, the country's name was changed to the United States of New Granada and in 1863 to the United States of Colombia. Colombia has experienced an intense intrastate conflict for over half a century.