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The culture of the archipelago of San Andrés is linked to its people, who have diverse ethnic origins. The Raizal, people of African and British origin, speak Creole (the language originates in English but it has its own phonetic, grammar and many expressions from Spanish and African dialects). They refer to themselves as 'native islanders' in clear distinction from residents who migrated from mainland Colombia, preserved the Colombian culture and speak Spanish as their first language.
There are two trends among the Raizals, a radical one (a group inspired with Rastafari movement), and a more moderate one. Many are devout Baptists, attending church in their Sunday best clothes each weekend.
The Colombian Constitution acknowledges English as the first language of the native islanders and it grants the archipelago's two official languages, English and Spanish. Creole tends to be spoken in the home and during social interactions in public places, while Spanish is often used for business and government matters.
The archipelago's indigenous population remains a minority. In 1995, the government of Colombia began to take steps to preserve, restore and protect the rights and way of life of the Rizal people.
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