Concepción, Sololá

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Concepción
Concepción is located in Guatemala
Concepción
Concepción
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 14°47′00″N 91°09′00″W / 14.78333°N 91.15000°W / 14.78333; -91.15000
Country Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Department Vlagsolola.gif Sololá
Municipality Concepción
Government
 • Acting Mayor (2015-2016) Pedro Juracán Lopic[1][a]
Population (Census 2002)
 • Religions Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Maya
Climate Csb

Concepción (Spanish pronunciation: [konsepˈsjon]) is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. The outstanding characteristic of the municipality is that 100% of its inhabitants are native people.[3]

History[edit]

Spanish Colony[edit]

There is not any exact record of the exact foundation date of the town; it is known, however, that there was a time that it was called "Concepción Quechelaj" and "Concepción Paquixalá" according to several documents form the Spanish Colony era. The word "Quechelaj" is from the kakchikel language and means "River of thorns". After the Spanish conquest of Guatemala the town was called "Nuestra Señora de La Concepción" after the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.[4] However, the town changed name several times after that.

During the Spanish Colony it was part of the Tecpán Atitlán district and when Tecpán became an "alcaldía mayor" (English:Major municipality) of Sololá Nuestra Señora de La Concepción became part of it, as reported in 1749. Documents from 1765 show it name as "Nuestra Señora de la Concepción Pajixolá". And in 1770, archbishop Pedro Cortés y Larraz described the town as "Concepción Kixalá, part of San Francisco Panajachel parish".[5]

After Independence from Spain[edit]

According to a record from 1892, Concepción is reported as a municipality of Sololá Department.

21st century[edit]

On 11 October 2015, a little over a month after the municipal elections for the 2016–20 mayoral term, an angry mob lynched and murdered re-elected Mayor Basilio Juracán, from the LIDER party, accusing him of allegedly ordering a hit against his former competitor for the mayor office from the Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza party —UNE—; the mob burned two vehicles and three houses, among those the one where the deceased mayor was hiding.[2]

Climate[edit]

Concepción has temperate climate (Köppen: Csb).

Climate data for Concepción
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 20.8
(69.4)
21.5
(70.7)
22.9
(73.2)
23.6
(74.5)
23.2
(73.8)
21.4
(70.5)
21.9
(71.4)
22.4
(72.3)
21.7
(71.1)
21.5
(70.7)
21.4
(70.5)
20.8
(69.4)
21.92
(71.46)
Daily mean °C (°F) 14.5
(58.1)
14.8
(58.6)
16.2
(61.2)
17.3
(63.1)
17.9
(64.2)
17.0
(62.6)
17.1
(62.8)
17.0
(62.6)
16.8
(62.2)
16.6
(61.9)
15.6
(60.1)
14.6
(58.3)
16.28
(61.31)
Average low °C (°F) 8.3
(46.9)
8.2
(46.8)
9.5
(49.1)
11.1
(52)
12.6
(54.7)
12.7
(54.9)
12.4
(54.3)
11.7
(53.1)
12.0
(53.6)
11.7
(53.1)
9.8
(49.6)
8.5
(47.3)
10.71
(51.28)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 0
(0)
3
(0.12)
5
(0.2)
22
(0.87)
76
(2.99)
273
(10.75)
205
(8.07)
208
(8.19)
339
(13.35)
152
(5.98)
42
(1.65)
2
(0.08)
1,327
(52.25)
Source: Climate-Data.org[6]
Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología de Guatemala[7]

Geographic location[edit]

The municipal capital is 6 km away from Sololá and 146 km away of Guatemala City.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Mayor Basilio Juracán -who served from 2008 to 2015- had been reelected for yet a third period in 2015, but he was lynched and murdered on 11 October 2015 after allegedly ordering a hit on a former competitor for the Mayoral office.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alcaldes electos en el departamento de Sololá". Municipalidades de Guatemala (in Spanish). Guatemala. 12 October 2015. Archived from the original on October 12, 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Turba mata a alcalde en Concepción, Sololá tras ataque a exrival". Siglo 21 (in Spanish). Guatemala. 11 October 2015. Archived from the original on October 12, 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Escalante Herrera, Marco Antonio (2007). "Municipio de Concepción, Sololá". Pbase (in Spanish). Guatemala. Archived from the original on June 18, 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Municipio de Concepción, Sololá" (PDF). Ejercicio Profesional Supervisado (in Spanish). Guatemala: Facultad de Ciencias Económicas de la Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. 
  5. ^ Cortés y Larraz 1770.
  6. ^ "Climate: Concepción". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Departamento de Investigación y servicios meteorológicos. "Isotermas de temperatura mínima absoluta anual" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on May 17, 2012. ; "Isotermas de temperatura máxima absoluta anual". Archived from the original on May 24, 2012. ; "Isotermas de temperatura máxima promedio anual". Archived from the original on May 15, 2012. ; "Isotermas de temperature mínima promedio annual". Archived from the original on May 29, 2012. ; "Sumatoria de días con lluvia promedio anual". Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Metereología e Hidrología (in Spanish). Guatemala. Archived from the original on May 15, 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  8. ^ a b SEGEPLAN. "Municipios del departamento de Sololá". SEGEPLAN (in Spanish). Guatemala. Archived from the original on July 7, 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 

Bibliography[edit]

Coordinates: 14°47′00″N 91°09′00″W / 14.7833°N 91.15°W / 14.7833; -91.15