In 1892, as a new Republic was taking shape, an expedition was mounted to explore the flora and fauna of the United States of Colombia, This ambitious undertaking, arrived in Puerto Colombia, near Barranquilla from Curacao, and before they could work their way into the interior of the country, down the Magdalena River with rifles mounted on mules, they requested room and board at the Hotel Victoria. In a rare image taken during the late 19th century of this port, the explorers stumbled across an American flag raised high above the American Consulate, and which operated from a thatched hut on the same street as a very English “Victoria”.