San José de Pare

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San José de Pare
Municipality and town
Central square
Central square
Flag of San José de Pare
Flag
Location of the municipality and town of San José de Pare in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of San José de Pare in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Coordinates: 6°01′N 73°33′W / 6.017°N 73.550°W / 6.017; -73.550Coordinates: 6°01′N 73°33′W / 6.017°N 73.550°W / 6.017; -73.550
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Ricaurte Province
Founded 3 November 1780
Founded by Pedro Antonio Flórez
Government
 • Mayor Pedro Adolfo Barreto Abaunza
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Municipality and town 73.85 km2 (28.51 sq mi)
 • Urban 0.23 km2 (0.09 sq mi)
Elevation 1,545 m (5,069 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 5,221
 • Density 71/km2 (180/sq mi)
 • Urban 1,071
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

San José de Pare is a town and municipality in the Ricaurte Province, part of the department of Boyacá, Colombia. The urban centre of San José de Pare is situated at an altitude of 1,545 metres (5,069 ft) in the Eastern Ranges of the Colombian Andes, and the altitude within the municipality ranges from 1,200 to 2,400 metres (3,900 to 7,900 ft). The border between San José de Pare and the department of Santander is formed by the Suárez River. The other municipalities bordering San José de Pare are Chitaraque, Togüí, Moniquirá and Santana. San José de Pare is along the highway from Bogotá to Bucaramanga, at 217 kilometres (135 mi) from the Colombian capital.[1]

Etymology[edit]

San José de Pare is named after the Pare indigenous people, who inhabited the area before the Spanish conquest.[2]

History[edit]

San José de Pare was founded on November 3, 1780, by Pedro Antonio Flórez, as part of the now defunct Vélez Province. On September 29, 1819, Simón Bolívar passed through the town. In 1857, the department of Boyacá was created and San José de Pare passed over to belong to Boyacá, while the rest of the former province went to become part of Santander.[1]

Economy[edit]

Economical activities of San José de Pare are mining, ecotourism and agriculture. Main products cultivated in small farmfields are sugarcane, coffee, beans, maize, bananas and yuca.[1]

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