Honda, Tolima

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Honda
Flag of Honda
Flag
Official seal of Honda
Seal
Nickname(s): "The Bridge City"
Location of the municipality and town of Honda in Tolima Department.
Location of the municipality and town of Honda in Tolima Department.
Departament Tolima
Government
 • Mayor Alberto Arce Camacho
Area
 • Total 309 km2 (119 sq mi)
Elevation 229 m (751 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Total 26,873 [1]
 • Density 323.7/km2 (838/sq mi)

Honda is a town and municipality in the Tolima department of Colombia. The population of the municipality was 26,873 as of the 2005[2] census. Along with Líbano, Honda is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Líbano-Honda. The main industries of Honda are tourism, fishing, and cattle-ranching.

Toponymy (name origin)[edit]

Panorama view of Honda

Honda takes its name from the Ondaimas, the indigenous people that inhabited the banks of the Magdalena river and the region where the city lies today.

Honda is called "the City of Bridges" with more than 25 of them on the rivers Magdalena, Gualí, Guarinó, and Quebrada Seca. It is also called the "City of Peace" as it escaped most of the violence of the 1950s.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Honda and the Magdalena in the foreground

Honda was founded on August 24, 1539 by Francisco Nuñez Pedroso. The "golden age" of the city was between 1850 and 1910 when the Magdalena river constituted the only means of transportation between the Caribbean coast and the inland city of Bogotá. The city was the main river port of the country and all the imported goods and articles arrived in Bogotá through the port of Honda.

Coordinates: 5°12′15″N 74°44′30″W / 5.20417°N 74.74167°W / 5.20417; -74.74167