Puerto Asís

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Puerto Asís
municipality
Flag of Puerto Asís
Flag
Location of the municipality and town of Puerto Asís in the Putumayo Department.
Location of the municipality and town of Puerto Asís in the Putumayo Department.
Country  Colombia
Department Putumayo Department
Government
 • Mayor Jorge Coral Rivas
Area
 • municipality 26,103 km2 (10,078 sq mi)
 • Urban 12 km2 (5 sq mi)
Elevation 250 m (820 ft)
 • Density 26.8/km2 (69/sq mi)
Website Government of Puerto Asis official website

Puerto Asís (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpweɾto aˈsis]) is a Colombian municipality in Putumayo Department. It is located on the west bank of the Putumayo River, downstream from the mouth of the Guamúez River, 75 km by road south of (Cardinal) Mocoa. It is one of the department's largest cities, with a population of nearly 70,000.

History[edit]

Puerto Asís was founded on May 3, 1912 by the Capuchins Missionaries, led by Father Estanislao de las Cortes and Brother Hidelfonso de Tulcán. The city bears the name of Saint Francis's birthplace—Assisi.

In order to reaffirm the sovereignty of Colombia in the territories that were contested by Peru, the government located programs in the region that contributed to the town's growth.

By April 1914, the village had a population of more than 200; however, excluding children, women, or indigenous people. The population continued to increase. The mission opened a boarding school for the education of the local indigenous population and the colonists' children. Later that same year, The Franciscan Sisters took charge of the school.

The city celebrates Carnival each year in January, beginning with a Tyre Regatta on January 3 in the Putumayo River. This became a major tourist attraction.

Aerial view Actual Partial Puerto Asís

Culture[edit]

Each day of Carnival features a separate color. January 4 is multicolored; the 5th is black; the 6th is white and end with the coronation of the carnival queen on the 7th.

The town celebrates its founding on May 3.

The Puerto Asis fair has historically been recognized as ranch day. It includes horseback riding and livestock exhibitions.

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Coordinates: 0°31′N 76°30′W / 0.517°N 76.500°W / 0.517; -76.500