Cartagena, Chile

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Cartagena, Chile.jpg
Coat of arms of Cartagena
Coat of arms
Map of the Cartagena commune in the Valparaíso Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 33°32′33″S 71°35′45″W / 33.54250°S 71.59583°W / -33.54250; -71.59583Coordinates: 33°32′33″S 71°35′45″W / 33.54250°S 71.59583°W / -33.54250; -71.59583
Country Chile
Region Valparaíso
Province San Antonio
Founded 1901
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Oscaldo Cartegena Polanco (RN)
 • Total 245.9 km2 (94.9 sq mi)
Elevation 140 m (460 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total 17,978
 • Density 73/km2 (190/sq mi)
 • Urban 15,302
 • Rural 1,573
Demonym(s) Cartagenian
 • Men 8,396
 • Women 8,479
Time zone CLT [3] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [4] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 35
Website Official website (in Spanish)

Cartagena is a Chilean commune located in the San Antonio Province, Valparaíso Region. The commune spans an area of 245.9 km2 (95 sq mi).[2]


In the seventeenth century the area surrounding the town became a major producer of wheat, which was shipped to Peru and Spain via the port of Cartagena.


Playa Grande of Cartagena.

According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Cartagena had 16,875 inhabitants; of these, 15,302 (90.7%) lived in urban areas and 1,573 (9.3%) in rural areas. At that time, there were 8,396 men and 8,479 women. Cartagena accounts for 1.10% of the regional population.[2] The demonym for a man from Cartagena is Cartagenino and Cartagenina for a woman.


As a commune, Cartagena is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2008-2012 alcalde is Oscaldo Cartegena Polanco (Independent). The council has the following members:[1]

  • Jesús Cartagena García (PDC)
  • David Jiménez Mira (PRSD)
  • Jaime Arriola Cortez (RN)
  • Jorge Castro Retamal (RN)
  • Teresa Olivares Alvarez (PDC)
  • Juan Cárdenas Palacios (Ind./Pro-PPD)

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Cartagena is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Mrs. María José Hoffmann (UDI) and Mr. Víctor Torres (PDC) as part of the 15th electoral district, (together with San Antonio, Santo Domingo, El Tabo, El Quisco, Algarrobo and Casablanca). The commune is represented in the Senate by Francisco Chahuán Chahuán (RN) and Ricardo Lagos Weber (PPD) as part of the 6th senatorial constituency (Valparaíso-Coast).


  1. ^ a b "Municipality of Cartagena" (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chile Time". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 

External links[edit]