Quetame is a municipality and town of Colombia in the Eastern Province, part of the department of Cundinamarca. The urban centre of Quetame is located at 62 kilometres (39 mi) from the capital Bogotá at an altitude of 1,496 metres (4,908 ft). The municipality borders Fómeque in the north, Fosca and Cáqueza in the west, the department of Meta in the east and in the south with Guayabetal.[1]

Quetame
Municipality and town
Flag of Quetame
Flag
Official seal of Quetame
Seal
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Quetame is located in Colombia
Quetame
Quetame
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 4°19′49″N 73°51′46″W / 4.33028°N 73.86278°W / 4.33028; -73.86278Coordinates: 4°19′49″N 73°51′46″W / 4.33028°N 73.86278°W / 4.33028; -73.86278
Country Colombia
Department Cundinamarca
ProvinceEastern Province
Founded26 June 1826
Founded byJosè Joaquin Guarín
Government
 • MayorWilder Enrique Moreno Hernández
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Municipality and town138.47 km2 (53.46 sq mi)
 • Urban
0.29 km2 (0.11 sq mi)
Elevation
1,496 m (4,908 ft)
Population
 (2015)
 • Municipality and town7,141
 • Density52/km2 (130/sq mi)
 • Urban
1,609
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
WebsiteOfficial website

EtymologyEdit

The name Quetame comes from Chibcha and means "Our farmfields on the mountains".[1]

HistoryEdit

In the times before the Spanish conquest, Quetame was inhabited by the Muisca. Quetame was loyal to the cacique of Ubaque.[1]

Modern Quetame was founded on June 26, 1826 by Josè Joaquin Guarín.[1]

EconomyEdit

Main economical activity of Quetame is agriculture with products beans, sagú, maize, peas, arracacha and others.[1]

EarthquakeEdit

On May 24, 2008, there was a magnitude 5.5 earthquake with its epicentre in Quetame that caused at least 3 deaths and destroyed 40% of the buildings in the village. The tremor was also felt in Bogotá and Villavicencio.[2][3]

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