Bolívar Department

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Department of Bolívar
Departamento de Bolívar
Flag of Department of Bolívar
Coat of arms of Department of Bolívar
Coat of arms
Motto: Ab Ordine Libertas
(Latin: From order comes freedom)
Anthem: Himno de Bolívar
Bolívar shown in red
Bolívar shown in red
Topography of the department
Topography of the department
Coordinates: 10°24′N 75°30′W / 10.400°N 75.500°W / 10.400; -75.500Coordinates: 10°24′N 75°30′W / 10.400°N 75.500°W / 10.400; -75.500
Country  Colombia
Region Caribbean Region
Established June 15, 1857
Capital Cartagena
 • Governor Dumek Jose Turbay Paz (2016-2019)
 • Total 25,978 km2 (10,030 sq mi)
Area rank 14th
Population (2013)[3]
 • Total 2,049,083
 • Rank 6th
 • Density 79/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-05
ISO 3166 code CO-BOL
Provinces 6
Municipalities 46

Bolívar is a department of Colombia. It was named after one of the original nine states of the United States of Colombia. It is located to the north of the country, extending roughly north-south from the Caribbean coast at Cartagena near the mouth of the Magdalena River, then south along the river to a border with Antioquia Department. The departments of Sucre and Córdoba are located to the west, and Atlántico Department is to the north and east (most of the border formed by the Canal del Dique). Across the Magdalena River to the east is Magdalena Department. The flag of the department bears a resemblance to the flag of Lithuania.

Its capital is Cartagena. Other important cities include Magangué and Turbaco.

Provinces and Municipalities[edit]

Depresión Momposina[edit]

  1. Cicuco
  2. Hatillo de Loba
  3. Margarita
  4. Santa Cruz de Mompox
  5. San Fernando
  6. Talaiga Nuevo


  1. Arjona
  2. Arroyo Hondo
  3. Calamar
  4. Cartagena
  5. Clemencia
  6. Mahates
  7. San Cristobal
  8. San Estanislao
  9. Santa Catalina
  10. Santa Rosa
  11. Turbaco
  12. Turbana
  13. Villanueva


  1. Altos del Rosario
  2. Barranco de Loba
  3. Brazuelo de Papayal
  4. El Peñón
  5. Regidor
  6. Rio Viejo
  7. San Martín de Loba

Magdalena Medio[edit]

  1. Arenal del Sur
  2. Cantagallo, Bolívar
  3. Morales
  4. Norosí
  5. San Pablo
  6. Santa Rosa del Sur
  7. Simití


  1. Achí
  2. Magangué
  3. Montecristo
  4. Pinillos
  5. San Jacinto del Cauca
  6. Tiquisio

Montes de Maria[edit]

  1. El Carmen de Bolívar
  2. Córdoba
  3. El Guamo
  4. María La Baja
  5. San Jacinto
  6. San Juan Nepomuceno
  7. Soplaviento
  8. Zambrano


In today's villages of Maria La Baja, Sincerín, El Viso, and Mahates and Rotinet, excavations have uncovered the remains of maloka-type buildings, directly related to the early Puerto Hormiga settlements.[4]



  1. ^ "Información Institucional: Geografía" (in Spanish). Gobernación del Bolivar. 2011. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Kline, Harvey F. (2012). "Bolivar, Department of". Historical Dictionary of Colombia. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. p. 83. ISBN 978-0-8108-7813-6. 
  3. ^ "DANE". Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Universidad del Norte". Retrieved 2010-06-24. 

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