A colony is a group of people who come from the same territory and who settle in another. The term is also used to name the place where these people settle and, by extension, the territory that is dominated by a foreign power.
For example: “The colony of Ecuadorians in Madrid does not stop growing”, “The Welsh founded a large colony in Patagonia at the beginning of the last century”, “This country was a British colony for a long time”.
It can be said that immigrants who settle in a country form a colony of their nation of origin. In this way, all the Germans living in Uruguay make up a German colony on Uruguayan territory.
This meaning of the term, of course, has no correlation with a dominion or an administration of Germany on Uruguayan soil. Instead, in a political sense, the notion of colonialism refers to the control of a territory by a foreign colony. Brazil, for example, was a Portuguese colony until 1822.
A cologne, on the other hand, is a perfume that is composed of aromatic essences, alcohol and water: “My grandmother gave me a cologne for my birthday”, “I’m going to put on a little cologne and I’m ready”.
A summer residence for children’s vacations, the group of animals of the same species that live together in a certain territory and, in some countries, a neighborhood or city are also called a colony.
It is known by the name of summer colony, for example, a residence to which many parents send their children during their summer vacations, with the purpose of carrying out various recreational activities, such as excursions, swimming, outdoor games free, sports and contests. One of the main objectives of these organizations is to promote the inclusion of the youngest in their environment, outside the generally hostile environment of the school, without the pressure to obtain good grades or to impress the teachers, since the neighborhood is a space to disconnect from the obligations of the rest of the year.
But the summer colony not only offers the possibility of joining a group of people of the same age to share moments of leisure and contact with nature, but it can also serve as a means of learning or reinforcing a foreign language. It is very common for colonies in Spanish-speaking countries to offer courses in English for natives and Spanish for foreigners, and its effectiveness is enhanced thanks to the exchange of face-to-face contact with people from other countries.
The summer colony is the ideal place to create friendships based on tastes and hobbies that are not so present in the school environment; It is especially beneficial for those children and adolescents who, for various reasons, do not have the opportunity to interact with people of their age in their daily lives, thus losing a wealth that cannot be replaced by dealing with adults.
Despite all the pros, the summer colony gathers the little ones in facilities supervised by adults, and this entails a series of risks that must be taken into account when choosing an institution. It is very important that parents meet with tutors and managers, to get to know them and judge their suitability for themselves, since they will be in charge of nothing less than the lives of their children. On the other hand, children should always have the last word regarding the final decision: if they are not comfortable with the experience, forcing them to face it can cause profound damage.
Colonia del Sacramento (popularly known as Colonia) in Uruguay and Colonia in Germany, finally, are cities.