Municipality and town
Wetland in Funza
Location of the municipality and town of Funza in the Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
|Founded||20 April 1537|
|Founded by||Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada|
|• Mayor||Manuel Antonio Montagu Briceño|
|• Municipality and town||70 km2 (30 sq mi)|
|• Urban||4 km2 (2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2,548 m (8,360 ft)|
|• Municipality and town||75,350|
|• Density||1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)|
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.
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.
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