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Lenguazaque is a municipality and town of Colombia in the department of Cundinamarca. Lenguazaque is situated on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense, part of the Eastern Ranges of the Colombian Andes at a distance of 116 kilometres (72 mi) from the capital Bogotá.[1] It borders Guachetá in the north, Ubaté in the west, Cucunubá in the south and Villapinzón in the east.

Lenguazaque
Municipality and town
Flag of Lenguazaque
Flag
Official seal of Lenguazaque
Seal
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Lenguazaque is located in Colombia
Lenguazaque
Lenguazaque
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 5°18′25″N 73°42′22″W / 5.30694°N 73.70611°W / 5.30694; -73.70611Coordinates: 5°18′25″N 73°42′22″W / 5.30694°N 73.70611°W / 5.30694; -73.70611
Country Colombia
Department Cundinamarca
ProvinceUbaté Province
Founded13 March 1537
Founded byGonzalo Jiménez de Quesada
Government
 • MayorCamilo Andrés Lara Gómez
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Municipality and town153.6 km2 (59.3 sq mi)
Elevation
2,589 m (8,494 ft)
Population
(2015)
 • Municipality and town10,268
 • Density67/km2 (170/sq mi)
 • Urban
2,282
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
WebsiteOfficial website

HistoryEdit

In the time of the Muisca Confederation, before the Spanish conquest, Lenguazaque was ruled by the zaque of Hunza, currently known as Tunja, Boyacá. Modern Lenguazaque was founded by Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada early on in his conquest of the central highlands of Colombia, on March 13th, 1537.[1]

Lenguazaque in the Chibcha language of the Muisca means "end of the reign of the zaque".[1]

EconomyEdit

The main economic activity in Lenguazaque is coal mining. Also agriculture is executed, predominantly potatoes and to a lesser extent peas, maize, barley and wheat.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d (in Spanish) Official website Lenguazaque - accessed 07-05-2016