Fosca is a municipality and town of Colombia in the Eastern Province, part of the department of Cundinamarca. It is located in the Ubaque Valley with the urban centre at a distance of 62 kilometres (39 mi) from the capital Bogotá at an altitude of 2,080 metres (6,820 ft). Fosca borders Cáqueza and Une in the north, Quetame in the east, Guayabetal in the south and Gutiérrez in the west.[1]

Municipality and town
Flag of Fosca
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Fosca is located in Colombia
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 4°20′N 73°56′W / 4.333°N 73.933°W / 4.333; -73.933
Country Colombia
Department Cundinamarca
ProvinceEastern Province
Founded byuncertain, see text
 • MayorMilton Albino Barbosa Rey
 • Municipality and town126.02 km2 (48.66 sq mi)
 • Urban
0.19 km2 (0.07 sq mi)
2,080 m (6,820 ft)
 • Municipality and town7,524
 • Density60/km2 (150/sq mi)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
WebsiteOfficial website

History edit

In the time before the Spanish conquest, Fosca was inhabited by the Mau or Maco and Guaypi or Buchipa indigenous tribe.[1] The Muisca, living north from the area, had a fortification of guecha warriors stationed in Fosca to defend themselves from the Guayupe people who inhabited the region south of Fosca.[2]

About the discovery and foundation of Fosca three different versions are given; Nikolaus Federmann would have founded the town on September 1, 1538, captain Pedro de Limpias reached and discovered Fosca on his expedition from the Llanos Orientales on February 5, 1538 or Juan de Valcárcel passed through the area and moved the town centre to a different location on February 5, 1627.[1]

Economy edit

The economy of Fosca is concentrated around agriculture and livestock farming. Main agricultural products cultivated are maize, potatoes, coffee, arracacha, beans and peas.[1]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d (in Spanish) Official website Fosca[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Rodríguez Montes, 2002, p.1639

Bibliography edit

  • Rodríguez de Montes, María Luisa. 2002. Los güechas o guechas en Cundinamarca - The guecha warriors in Cundinamarca, 1633-1646.