Sutatenza

Sutatenza (Spanish pronunciation: [sutaˈtensa]) is a town and municipality in the Eastern Boyacá Province of the department of Boyacá, Colombia. It is located 125 kilometres (78 mi) from the Colombian capital Bogotá and 118 kilometres (73 mi) from the department capital Tunja. Sutatenza borders Somondoco, Guateque, Tenza and Garagoa.[1]

Sutatenza
Municipality and town
Church of Sutatenza
Church of Sutatenza
Flag of Sutatenza
Flag
Official seal of Sutatenza
Seal
Location of the municipality and town of Sutatenza in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Sutatenza in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Country Colombia
DepartmentBoyacá Department
ProvinceEastern Boyacá Province
Founded22 October 1783
Government
 • MayorOscar Yovany Montenegro Salcedo
(2020-2023)
Area
 • Municipality and town41.26 km2 (15.93 sq mi)
Elevation
1,890 m (6,200 ft)
Population
 (2015)
 • Municipality and town4,086
 • Density99/km2 (260/sq mi)
 • Urban
769
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
WebsiteOfficial website

EtymologyEdit

The name Sutatenza comes from Chibcha and means either "Cloud behind the anchovy" or "Descending to the house of the cacique".[1][2]

HistoryEdit

In the time before the Spanish conquest, Sutatenza, situated in the Tenza Valley to the east of the Altiplano Cundiboyacense, was ruled by a cacique called Tenzuzucá or Tenzucá, loyal to the zaque of Hunza. Conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada in his quest for El Dorado and the rich emerald deposits of the Muisca Confederation visited Sutatenza in 1537.

Modern Sutatenza was not founded until October 22, 1783.[1]

EconomyEdit

Main economical activities of Sutatenza are agriculture and aviculture. A small salt mine is operated in the vereda Salitre.[1]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d (in Spanish) Official website Sutatenza
  2. ^ (in Spanish) Etymology Sutatenza - Excelsio.net

Coordinates: 5°01′N 73°27′W / 5.017°N 73.450°W / 5.017; -73.450