Saboyá

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Saboyá
Municipality and town
Train station Saboyá
Train station Saboyá
Location of the municipality and town of Saboyá in the Boyacá Department of Colombia.
Location of the municipality and town of Saboyá in the Boyacá Department of Colombia.
Country Colombia
DepartmentBoyacá Department
ProvinceWestern Boyacá Province
Founded4 October 1556
Government
 • MayorZamir Sotelo Monroy
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Municipality and town246.9 km2 (95.3 sq mi)
 • Urban
0.1 km2 (0.04 sq mi)
Elevation
2,600 m (8,500 ft)
Population
 (2015)
 • Municipality and town12,372
 • Density50/km2 (130/sq mi)
 • Urban
789
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
WebsiteOfficial website

Saboyá is a town and municipality in the Western Boyacá Province, part of the Colombian department of Boyacá.[1]

Etymology[edit]

Saboyá in Chibcha means "Taste for the mantles".[2]

History[edit]

Before the Spanish conquest of the Muisca on the central highlands of the Colombian Andes, Saboyá was ruled by a cacique with the same name.

The first encomendero of Saboyá was Pedro de Galeano, brother of Martín Galeano and soldier in the army of Hernán Pérez de Quesada, brother of Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada. Modern Saboyá was founded on October 4, 1556.[1]

Simón Bolívar visited Saboyá on three occasions: January 2, 1821, September 6, 1827 and June 9, 1828.[1]

Economy[edit]

Main economical activities in Saboyá are agriculture and livestock farming. Among the agricultural products potatoes, maize and the fruits curuba, blackberries, tree tomatoes and strawberries are cultivated.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d (in Spanish) Official website Saboyá
  2. ^ (in Spanish) Etymology Saboyá - Excelsio.net

Coordinates: 5°42′N 73°46′W / 5.700°N 73.767°W / 5.700; -73.767