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City of Magangué
Flag of City of Magangué
Official seal of City of Magangué
Nickname(s): "River City"/"Ciudad Río", "MGE"
Motto: "Wealth And Prosperity" / "Riqueza y Prosperidad"
Location of the municipality and town of Magangué in the Bolívar Department of Colombia.
Location of the municipality and town of Magangué in the Bolívar Department of Colombia.
City of Magangué is located in Colombia
City of Magangué
City of Magangué
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 9°15′N 74°46′W / 9.250°N 74.767°W / 9.250; -74.767Coordinates: 9°15′N 74°46′W / 9.250°N 74.767°W / 9.250; -74.767
Country Colombia
Department Bolívar Department
Region Caribbean
Founded April 10, 1610
Erection February 13, 1813
 • Type Mayor and Secretary-General
 • Mayor Marcelo Torres
 • Secretary-General Ubaldo
 • City 1,568 km2 (605 sq mi)
 • Land 1,043 km2 (403 sq mi)
 • Water 525 km2 (203 sq mi)  33.48%
Elevation 49 m (161 ft)
Population (2012)
 • City 198,124
 • Density 82.98/km2 (214.9/sq mi)
 • Urban 346,988
 • Metro 392,214
 • Associated Metropolitan Areas 779,560
 • Demonym Magangeleño
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Location of the municipality and town of Magangué in the Bolivar Department.

Magangué is a city of Colombia in the Department of Bolivar. The city is located in the Magdalena River; 20 km north of the mouth of the Cauca River, the Magdalena River. According to projections, the city has a population of over 198,000 habitats, becoming the twenty-seventh largest city in Colombia, with about 800,000 inhabitants in the Association Sabana Metropolitan, making it the eighth largest metropolitan area in Colombia. It is the second largest city of the Department, and the ninth largest of the Caribbean Region. Magangué was home to the country's largest port, now badly damaged by the problems of political corruption. It has been shown that the city has great national potential, due to its strategic location.


Studies and research on our indigenous past are still in their infancy, there are only approaches and assumptions based on interpretations of the records left by some writers and settlers who came from the mother country. Most of them assert that we are descendants of Indians belonging to the family Chimilas Carib language that inhabited the extensive river and lake region of the departments of Bolivar, Sucre, Magdalena and Cesar. The highest regional authority was in the Chimilas Mompox and her chiefdoms: Maguey, Yati, or Simacoa Tacaloa, etc. Guazo. Our indigenous ancestors had an average height of 1.65 meters, were more or less heavyset, had black hair, short legs,dark skin and short prominent nose. Despite speaking a language related to that of the Carib people, who were warlike and resisted the Spanish, the Maguey were peaceful and docile. They mainly engaged in the cultivation of cassava and corn and were also experts in fishing and hunting. Both men and women engaged in these tasks.

Administrative divisions[edit]

The urban area is divided into an average of 50 to 70 neighborhoods, including:

  • Yati
  • Florida
  • Camilo Torres
  • Olaya Herrera
  • El Sur
  • San Pablo
  • San Jose
  • El Prado
  • San Mateo
  • Pastrana
  • El Recreo

The rural area is organized in 43 districts.

The major townships are:

  • Cascajal
  • Ceibal
  • Juan Arias
  • Madrid
  • La Pascuala
  • Henequen
  • El Cuatro
  • Betania
  • Retiro
  • Barbosa
  • Coyongal
  • San Antonio