Colombia Gold Mining History

  • Gold mining in Colombia started in pre-Columbian times. During the C19th Colombia was the largest world producer of gold.
  • The majority of the production was located in the department of Antioquia, where numerous mining companies, including Trident, are developing exploration programs.


  • Less than 8% of the country has been explored. Lack of exploration plus the rapid discovery of world class discoveries demonstrate the great potential of Colombia.
  • Major miners, such as Anglo Gold Ashanti, Kinross, Barrick, B2Gold and Mitsui Mining, and a several successful juniors have entered the Colombian market to participate in this growth sector.
  • Major security achievements instituted by the Colombian Government since 2002 have opened areas that were previously off-limits.
  • US$147M of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in exploration for precious metals in Colombia in 2009.