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Soatá is a town and municipality in Boyacá Department, Colombia. Soatá is located on the western slopes of the Cordillera Oriental mountain range, at the northeast end of the Department of Boyacá. It is the capital of the Northern Boyacá Province. Soatá borders Boavita in the east, Tipacoque in the north, Susacón in the south and in the west it borders the municipality Onzaga of the department of Santander.[1]

Soatá
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Location of the town and municipality of Soatá in Boyacá Department
Location of the town and municipality of Soatá in Boyacá Department
Soatá is located in Colombia
Soatá
Soatá
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 6°20′N 72°40′W / 6.333°N 72.667°W / 6.333; -72.667Coordinates: 6°20′N 72°40′W / 6.333°N 72.667°W / 6.333; -72.667
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá
Province Northern Boyacá Province
Founded 10 December 1545
Founded by Juan Rodríguez Parra
Government
 • Type Municipality
 • Mayor Liseth Carlina Torres
(2016-2019)
Area
 • City 136 km2 (53 sq mi)
Elevation 1,950 m (6,400 ft)
Population (2016)
 • City 7,069
 • Density 52/km2 (130/sq mi)
 • Urban 5,237
Website Official website

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ClimateEdit

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Climate chart (explanation)
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Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: Climate-data.org - Soatá

EtymologyEdit

Soatá in the Chibcha language of the Muisca means tillage of the Sun.[2]

HistoryEdit

Soatá was already populated during the Herrera Period and at the time of the Spanish conquest, Soatá was inhabited by the Muisca. The village was part of the rule of the cacique Tundama from the city with the same name, presently known as Duitama.

The inhabitants of Soatá are descendants of a mix of Muisca, Caribbean and Choques. Modern Soatá was founded by sergeant Juan Rodríguez Parra in 1545.[1]

Demographics and geographyEdit

In 2005 Soatá had a population of 8.730 inhabitants[3] of which 63% living in the urban zone and 47% live in the eight subdivisions that comprise the rural area. The subdivisions (veredas) are: Los Molinos, La Laguna, Llano Grande, El Espinal, La Chorrera and La Costa. The urban center of Soatá is located at an elevation of 1,950 metres (6,400 ft) above sea level.[1]

EconomyEdit

Its economy is of subsistence and it characterizes by agriculture and the cattle ranch in form of minifundios, standing out the cultures of the sugar cane, coffee, tobacco, tomatoes, maize, wheat, barley, fruit trees, dates and flowers.[1]

The cattle sector is distinguished by the presence of goat, pigs and cows.

In the industrial sector, one stands out the production of bricks, floor pieces, canvas shoes, straw hats, panela and bee honey; it excels the elaboration of candies and treats. The production of dates has gained Soatá the title of city of the date palm of Colombia.

Soatá counts on tourist potential by the wealth of its cultural expressions, standing out its gastronomy, natural variety of landscapes and scenic places.

PaleontologyEdit

In the Soatá Formation, a brown shale and siltstone sequence defined in and named after Soatá, fossil remains of the Pleistocene genera Neochoerus, Odocoileus and the species Haplomastodon waringi have been found.[4]

TourismEdit

Touristic sites of Soatá are:

Related to SoatáEdit

  • Cayo Leonidas Peñuela
  • Lorenzo Cárdenas

FestivalsEdit

  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festival
  • Torbellino's Festival

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d (in Spanish) Official website Soatá - accessed 06-05-2016
  2. ^ (in Spanish) Etymology Soatá
  3. ^ (in Spanish) General Census 2005 - DANE
  4. ^ Soatá in the Paleobiology Database

External linksEdit