Funza

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Funza
Bacatá
Municipality and town
Wetland in Funza
Wetland in Funza
Flag of Funza
Flag
Official seal of Funza
Seal
Location of the municipality and town of Funza in the Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Funza in the Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Funza is located in Colombia
Funza
Funza
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 4°43′3″N 74°12′34″W / 4.71750°N 74.20944°W / 4.71750; -74.20944
Country  Colombia
Department Cundinamarca
Province Western Savanna
Founded 20 April 1537
Founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada
Government
 • Mayor Manuel Antonio Montagu Briceño
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Municipality and town 70 km2 (30 sq mi)
 • Urban 4 km2 (2 sq mi)
Elevation 2,548 m (8,360 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 75,350
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
 • Urban 70,622
Demonym(s) Funzano
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Area code(s) +1
Website Official website

Funza (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈfunsa]) is a municipality and town of Colombia in the Western Savanna Province, of the department of Cundinamarca. Funza is situated on the Bogotá savanna, the southwestern part of the Altiplano Cundiboyacense with the urban centre at an altitude of 2,548 metres (8,360 ft). In Funza the La Florida wetland, part of the wetlands of Bogotá, remains to exist, a remnant of the Pleistocene Lake Humboldt. The town is part of the Metropolitan Area of Bogotá and borders Madrid and Tenjo in the north, Mosquera in the south, Madrid in the west and Cota and the locality Engativá of the capital Bogotá in the east. The eastern boundary is formed by the Bogotá River. Funza is the site of the former main settlement Bacatá of the Muisca Confederation. Modern Funza was founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada during the Spanish conquest of the Muisca on April 20, 1537.[1]

Etymology[edit]

The name Funza comes from Chibcha and means "Powerful lord".[1]

History[edit]

In the times before the Spanish conquest, Funza was an important village in the Muisca Confederation. This loose confederation of rulers of the Muisca had as southern ruler the zipa based in Bacatá, the present-day municipality of Funza.[1]

Modern Funza was founded by conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada en route in his search for El Dorado on April 20, 1537.[1]

On January 21, 1972, a Líneas Aéreas La Urraca flight crashed in Funza after an explosion on board.[2]

Economy[edit]

The economy of Funza is based on agricultural and industrial activities. Main agricultural products are potatoes and maize. Other industries involve plastics and metalcraft production.[1]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e (Spanish) Official website Funza
  2. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 


Coordinates: 4°43′N 74°13′W / 4.717°N 74.217°W / 4.717; -74.217