Puerto Colombia

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Puerto Colombia
Municipality and town
Puerto Colombia
Puerto Colombia
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Location of the municipality and town of Puerto Colombia is in the northern part of the Atlántico Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Puerto Colombia is in the northern part of the Atlántico Department of Colombia
Country Colombia
DepartmentAtlántico Department
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
Puerto Colombia
Nickname(s): 
Puerto
CountryColombia
RegionCaribbean
DepartmentAtlántico
Government
 • MayorSteimer Ali Matilla Rolong
Population
(2010)
 • Total34,468
 [1]
Time zoneUTC-5
Website
www.puertocolombia-atlantico.gov.co/sitio.shtml

Puerto Colombia is a coastal town and municipality in Atlántico Department, Colombia founded in the mid 1800s. Famous for its "Pier of Puerto Colombia", that at one time was the largest Pier in the world. Duties were later transferred to the larger and modern Port of Barranquilla in Bocas de Cenizas, the mouth of the Magdalena River in the Caribbean sea.

The town enjoyed a glorious post-colonial period as the main port on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, where most European immigrants entered the country. In the second half of the 20th century, Puerto Colombia faced a rapid decline, eclipsed by Barranquilla, the capital of Atlántico.

Thanks to recent free trade agreements with Canada, the United States of America and many European countries, the municipality has been included in Barranquilla's metropolitan area and its port has undergone large-scale redevelopment. The focus of important public-private partnerships, Puerto Colombia is expected to regain its prominent role as the main sea port of Colombia within a decade.

Carlos Altaona, Puerto Colombia's Past Mayor, was recognized in December 2012 as the best municipal leader in Colombia for his efforts to eradicate extreme poverty.

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Coordinates: 11°01′N 74°53′W / 11.017°N 74.883°W / 11.017; -74.883