Main plaza of Bagua Grande
|Nickname(s): "Corazón de Amazonas" (Heart of Amazonas)|
|• Mayor||Segundo Quiterio Hernandez Vasquez|
|Elevation||440 m (1,440 ft)|
|Time zone||PET (UTC-5)|
Bagua Grande, also known as Corazón de Amazonas(English Heart of Amazonas') is a town in northern Peru, capital of Utcubamba Province, in the region Amazonas. It has an estimated 47.336 inhabitants, having changed from a rural to an urban area after experiencing lots of immigration in the 1960s. On June 5, 2009 33 people were killed, including 23 police, after an eviction of roughly 5000 ethnic Amazon groups had resulted in a major road being blocked by protests for 55 days.
The urban area is located on a hillside by the river Utcubamba, now merged with Cajaruro District, is very warm, fertile and rain for most of the year.
The economy is based on trade and agricultural production, especially of very high quality rice, corn and coffee, trade is active with the cities of Chiclayo, Jaen, and the neighboring department of San Martin. It has minor industries, of hulled and rice mills and bottling carbonated water.
- ABAD ALVARADO, Julio César. “Bagua Grande, Bendita Tierra”. Chiclayo. 2004. pg. 21
- RUIZ PAREDES, Carlos A. “Utcubamba Tierra Querida”. Alas Peruanas. pg. 30- 32.
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