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Engativá, was a municipality of Cundinamarca that became a locality of Bogotá, Colombia when Bogotá was made "Special District" (today "Capital District").

Engativá
Locality of Bogotá
Location of the locality in the city of Bogotá
Location of the locality in the city of Bogotá
Location of the locality in the Capital District of Bogotá
Location of the locality in the Capital District of Bogotá
Coordinates: 4°43′34″N 74°06′00″W / 4.72611°N 74.10000°W / 4.72611; -74.10000Coordinates: 4°43′34″N 74°06′00″W / 4.72611°N 74.10000°W / 4.72611; -74.10000
Country  Colombia
City Bogotá D.C.
Neighbourhoods
Area
 • Total 35.88 km2 (13.85 sq mi)
Elevation 2,600 m (8,500 ft)
Population (2007)[1]
 • Total 824,337
 • Density 23,000/km2 (60,000/sq mi)
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

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EtymologyEdit

Engativá is either derived from Ingativá; cacique Inga; "Land of the Sun", or from the Chibcha words Engue-tivá; engue is "delicious" and tivá is "captain"; "captain of the delicious [people]".[2]

GeographyEdit

Engativá is limited to the north by the Salitre River with Suba, to the east by Avenida Carrera 68 and Bosa, to the south by Avenida El Dorado and Fontibón, and to the west by the Bogotá River.

HistoryEdit

Engativá was a village in the confederation of the Muisca. Modern Engativá was founded in 1537. It has become a rural territory, people used to work as farmers of Bogotá in 1571. The church of the town was built in honor of the pope Clemente XII in 1638 and from 1737 it was named the Nuestra Señora de los Dolores's Sanctuary. The church was destroyed by earthquakes, but was rebuilt in 1960.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ (in Spanish) Population 2007 - DANE
  2. ^ (in Spanish) Etymology localities of Bogotá