Cota, Cundinamarca

Cota is a municipality and town of Colombia in the Central Savanna Province of the department of Cundinamarca. Cota is part of the metropolitan area of Colombian capital Bogotá which centre is 26 kilometres (16 mi) away. The urban centre of Cota is located at an altitude of 2,566 metres (8,419 ft) and the municipality borders Chía in the north, Funza in the south, Suba, part of Bogotá in the east and Tenjo in the west.[1]

Cota
Gota
Municipality and town
Baptistery, Cota
Baptistery, Cota
Flag of Cota
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Cota is located in Colombia
Cota
Cota
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 4°49′N 74°6′W / 4.817°N 74.100°W / 4.817; -74.100Coordinates: 4°49′N 74°6′W / 4.817°N 74.100°W / 4.817; -74.100
Country Colombia
Department Cundinamarca
ProvinceCentral Savanna Province
Founded29 November 1604
Founded byDiego Gómez de Mena
Government
 • MayorCarlos Julio Moreno Gomez
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Municipality and town55 km2 (21 sq mi)
 • Urban
1.3 km2 (0.5 sq mi)
Elevation
2,566 m (8,419 ft)
Population
 (2015)
 • Municipality and town24,916
 • Density450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
 • Urban
14,354
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
WebsiteOfficial website

HistoryEdit

In the time before the Spanish conquest, the Bogotá savanna was inhabited by the Muisca, organized in the southern Muisca Confederation. The ruler of Bacatá (zipa) controlled Cota. The Muisca called the town Gota, which is either a personal name of derived from cota; "curl". Cota still has a surviving Muisca population.

Modern Cota was founded on November 29, 1604 by Diego Gómez de Mena.[1]

EconomyEdit

Cota has a small economy mainly based on agriculture; cabbage and lettuce.[1]

EducationEdit

Given its proximity to the Colombian capital, thanks to its quiet surroundings, many schools have settled in Cota with their facilities and venues; such as the following:

Oakland Colegio Campestre,[2] Nuevo Gimnasio Cristiano, Colegio Refous, Colegio José Max León, Summerhill School, colegio Gimnasio Campestre Los Sauces, Gimnasio El Portillo, Colegio Nuevo Reino de Granda, Colegio Nuestra Señora del Rosario, jardín Gimnasio Campestre El Shadai, colegio Gimnasio Campestre San Francisco de Sales and since 2009 Cota is home for NASA´s Educational Program called Colombia Space School.

   Public schools
   I.E.D. Enrique Pardo Parra (Urban).
   I.E.D. Institute Parcels (Rural).

Born in CotaEdit

 
Amanecer en Cota Cundinamarca

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c (in Spanish) Official website Cota
  2. ^ "Oakland Colegio Campestre".