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|Nickname(s): "The Bridge City"|
Location of the municipality and town of Honda in Tolima Department.
|• Mayor||Alberto Arce Camacho|
|• Total||309 km2 (119 sq mi)|
|Elevation||229 m (751 ft)|
|• Total||26,873 |
|• 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 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)
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.
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.
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