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Susa is a town and municipality in the Ubaté Province, part of the Cundinamarca Department, Colombia. The town centre is located at an altitude of 2,655 metres (8,711 ft) on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense at 130 kilometres (81 mi) from the capital Bogotá. Susa borders Simijaca, Fúquene, San Miguel de Sema and Lake Fúquene.[1]

Susa
Municipality and town
Flag of Susa
Flag
Etymology: Muysccubun: "white or soft reed"
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Susa is located in Colombia
Susa
Susa
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 5°27′10.1″N 73°48′50.3″W / 5.452806°N 73.813972°W / 5.452806; -73.813972Coordinates: 5°27′10.1″N 73°48′50.3″W / 5.452806°N 73.813972°W / 5.452806; -73.813972
Country  Colombia
Department Cundinamarca
Province Ubaté Province
Founded 21 February 1600
Founded by Luís Enríquez
Government
 • Mayor Oscar Eduardo Rocha Ramírez
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Municipality and town 86 km2 (33 sq mi)
 • Urban 1.2 km2 (0.5 sq mi)
Elevation 2,655 m (8,711 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 12,302
 • Density 140/km2 (370/sq mi)
 • Urban 6,315
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

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EtymologyEdit

In the Chibcha language of the Muisca, susa means "white reed" or "soft reed".[1]

HistoryEdit

The area of Susa before the Spanish conquest was part of the Muisca Confederation. Initially loyal to the zaque of Hunza, Susa changed rule around 1490 when it was submitted by zipa Saguamanchica.[2]

Modern Susa was founded on February 21, 1600 by Luís Enríquez.[1]

EconomyEdit

The main economical activity in Simijaca is agriculture, with maize, potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries as the most important agricultural products.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d (in Spanish) Official website Susa
  2. ^ Restrepo Arcila, 2002, p.179

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