Chiquimula

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Chiquimula
Municipality
Official seal of Chiquimula
Motto(s): 
La Perla de Oriente
Chiquimula is located in Guatemala
Chiquimula
Chiquimula
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 14°47′N 89°32′W / 14.783°N 89.533°W / 14.783; -89.533Coordinates: 14°47′N 89°32′W / 14.783°N 89.533°W / 14.783; -89.533
CountryGuatemala
DepartmentChiquimula
Foundation1530
Established as cityJune 29, 1821
Government
 • MayorRolando Arturo Aquino Guerra
(Partido Patriota)
Area
 • Municipality368 km2 (142 sq mi)
Elevation
423.86 m (1,390.62 ft)
Population
 (census 2018)[1]
 • Municipality111,505
 • Density300/km2 (780/sq mi)
 • Urban111,505
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central Standard Time)
ClimateBSh
Websitewww.chiquimulaonline.com

Chiquimula is a city in Guatemala. It is the capital of the department of Chiquimula and the municipal seat for the surrounding municipality of the same name. It is located some 174 km from Guatemala City and within Guatemala known as "La perla del oriente" (the pearl of the east).

History[edit]

In 1851 during the Battle of La Arada Guatemalan military won over El Salvador and Honduras military forces, which is why Chiquimula was named "Ciudad Procer" Hero City.

Population[edit]

Chiquimula is the most populous city of eastern Guatemala. The official population of the city was 37,602, according to the 2002 census. As of 2018 the population had increased to 111,505. [3]

In the news[edit]

In January 2021, a caravan of between 7,000- 9,000 migrants from Honduras, who had departed from San Pedro Sula was heading towards the United States and broke through police lines at Vado Hondo, a village near Chiquimula.[4]

Sports[edit]

Sacachispas football club play in the Liga Nacional de Guatemala, they top-highest football division in Guatemala. Their home stadium is the Estadio Las Victorias.

The club has also played in the Liga Mayor, having reached their best position in the 1995-96 season, when they were runners-up.[5] They have been playing in the second division since 2000.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Citypopulation.de Population of departments and municipalities in Guatemala
  2. ^ Citypopulation.de Population of the major cities in Guatemala
  3. ^ "State of Guatemala". Central America; Describing Each of the States of Guatemala, Honduras, Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. p. 88.
  4. ^ Welle (www.dw.com) (2021-01-17). "Guatemala cracks down on US-bound migrant caravan | DW | 17.01.2021". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 2021-01-19.
  5. ^ Guatemala 1995/1996 - RSSSF