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Sacatepéquez was a city in Guatemala from November 21, 1542 until July 29, 1773 when it was destroyed by the Santa Marta earthquake. Sacatepéquez means grasshill and gave its name to the department of Sacatepéquez.
On September 12, 1839, the department of Sacatepéquez was created, getting its name from the former city. Antigua Guatemala was made the capital.
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