Pajarito, Boyacá

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Pajarito
Municipality and town
Location of the municipality and town of Pajarito in the Boyacá department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Pajarito in the Boyacá department of Colombia
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province La Libertad Province
Founded 1 January 1853
Government
 • Mayor Inocencio Pérez
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Municipality and town 322 km2 (124 sq mi)
Elevation 800 m (2,600 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 1,719
 • Density 5.3/km2 (14/sq mi)
 • Urban 725
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

Pajarito is a town and municipality in the La Libertad Province, part of the Colombian department of Boyacá. The municipality, situated in the southeast of the department borders Labranzagrande and Aquitania of the department of Boyacá and Yopal, Recetor and Aguazul of the department of Casanare. The urban centre is located at a distance of 147 kilometres (91 mi) from the department capital Tunja at an altitude of 800 metres (2,600 ft) in a tight valley, not allowing for much expansion of the urban area. The centre is experiencing periodic landslides.[1]

Etymology[edit]

The name Pajarito in Spanish means "little bird", yet the origin of the name is thought to be from Chibcha: Pa is "father", ja; "load, role", rito; "dog".[2]

Geology[edit]

The area of Pajarito is characterized by an intrusive complex into the surrounding Lower Cretaceous sediments (Macanal Formation). The petrology of the igneous body is alcaline to sub-alcaline and low in SiO2. Secondary minerals are apatite and hydrothermal chlorite.[3]

History[edit]

The first inhabitants of the village may have been indigenous people of the Golconda tribe, short in stature and bandy-legged. The Golcondenses were cultivators of maize and hunters. They spoke a version of Chibcha, giving rise to the name of the town.

Modern Pajarito was founded on January 1, 1853 by soldiers of Gran Colombia. The first mayors were military men.[1]

Economy[edit]

Pajarito is a rural community centered around agriculture and livestock farming. Main agricultural products cultivated in the municipality are coffee, maize, sugarcane, yuca, beans and potatoes. Hot springs are present outside the urban centre.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c (Spanish) Official website Pajarito
  2. ^ (Spanish) Etymology Pajarito - Excelsio.net
  3. ^ Moreno Murillo et al., 2007

Bibliography[edit]

Coordinates: 5°25′N 72°40′W / 5.417°N 72.667°W / 5.417; -72.667