San Antonio del Tequendama

San Antonio del Tequendama is a municipality and town of Colombia in the Tequendama Province part of the department of Cundinamarca. The municipality is located along the Serranía de Subía in the Tena Valley and borders Tena and Bojacá in the north, Bojacá and Soacha in the east, La Mesa and El Colegio in the west and in the south Soacha and Granada.[1]

San Antonio del Tequendama
Municipality and town
Chicaque Natural Park
Chicaque Natural Park
Flag of San Antonio del Tequendama
Official seal of San Antonio del Tequendama
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca department of Colombia
San Antonio del Tequendama is located in Colombia
San Antonio del Tequendama
San Antonio del Tequendama
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 4°37′58″N 74°21′8″W / 4.63278°N 74.35222°W / 4.63278; -74.35222
Country Colombia
Department Cundinamarca
ProvinceTequendama Province
Founded10 February 1857
Founded byCríspulo Corredor
 • MayorLuis Maria Gordillo Sánchez
 • Municipality and town82 km2 (32 sq mi)
 • Urban
22 km2 (8 sq mi)
1,540 m (5,050 ft)
 • Municipality and town13,084
 • Density160/km2 (410/sq mi)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
WebsiteOfficial website

Etymology edit

The name Tequendama means in the Muysccubun, the language of the Muisca: "he who precipitated downward".[2]

History edit

This municipality was formed on the site of Cubsió, a place of reunion of the Muisca originally from Bojacá and Serrezuela. Cubsió was already populated by indigenous peoples from the Herrera Period with the oldest evidence dated at 1865 years BP (2nd century AD) of a site a few meters from the current course of the Bogotá River.[3]

Around 1470 the terrains of San Antonio de Tequendama were ruled by the cacique of Fusagasugá, who fought with the Panche against Saguamanchica in the Battle of Pasca.[1]

In 1539, conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada organised an expedition down the Bogotá River where he sent his soldier Juan de Céspedes.[1]

The modern town was founded by Críspulo Corredor in 1857. This municipality has changed names multiples times, San Antonio, San Antonio de Tena, and its actual name San Antonio del Tequendama.[1]

Tourism edit

The Chicaque Natural Park is an ecotouristic area within San Antonio del Tequendama.[1]

Panorama edit

Panorama of the Tena Valley and San Antonio del Tequendama

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e (in Spanish) Official website San Antonio del Tequendama
  2. ^ (in Spanish) Etymology Tequendama
  3. ^ Argüello García, Pedro María (2015). Subsistence economy and chiefdom emergence in the Muisca area. A study of the Valle de Tena (PDF) (PhD). University of Pittsburgh. pp. 1–193.

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