Quipile

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Quipile
Municipality and town
Flag of Quipile
Flag
Official seal of Quipile
Seal
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Quipile is located in Colombia
Quipile
Quipile
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 4°44′36″N 74°34′0″W / 4.74333°N 74.56667°W / 4.74333; -74.56667Coordinates: 4°44′36″N 74°34′0″W / 4.74333°N 74.56667°W / 4.74333; -74.56667
Country  Colombia
Department Cundinamarca
Province Tequendama Province
Founded 12 November 1825
Founded by José María Lozano
Government
 • Mayor Pedro Luis Aponte Castro
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Municipality and town 127.6 km2 (49.3 sq mi)
 • Urban 0.35 km2 (0.14 sq mi)
Elevation 2,012 m (6,601 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 8,164
 • Density 64/km2 (170/sq mi)
 • Urban 676
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

Quipile is a municipality and town of Colombia in the Tequendama Province of the department of Cundinamarca. The municipality borders Bituima and Vianí in the north, Jerusalén and Anapoima in the south, Anolaima, Cachipay and La Mesa in the east and San Juan de Rioseco and Pulí in the west. The urban centre is located at an altitude of 2,012 metres (6,601 ft) at a distance of 83 kilometres (52 mi) from the capital Bogotá.[1]

Etymology[edit]

The name Quipile comes from the Cariban language of the Panche and means "strong and superior place".[1] It is derived from Quipili, the name of the cacique of the Panche.

History[edit]

In the time before the Spanish conquest of the Muisca, Quipile was inhabited by the Panche who were submitted to the Spanish rule of the New Kingdom of Granada in the Battle of Tocarema which took place on August 20, 1538.

The date and name of the founder is unknown but traditionally set at November 12, 1825 by José María Lozano.[1]

Economy[edit]

Quipile is an agrarian community with main products coffee, sugarcane and bananas cultivated.[1]

Paleontology[edit]

In 1956 fossil remains of Megatherium and Mastodon; Pleistocene megafauna dated at 460,000 years BP, were discovered within the boundaries of Quipile.[1]

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