Santana, Boyacá

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Santana
Santa Ana de Vélez
Municipality and town
Flag of Santana
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Location of the municipality and town of Santana in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Santana in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Coordinates: 6°3′26″N 73°28′52″W / 6.05722°N 73.48111°W / 6.05722; -73.48111Coordinates: 6°3′26″N 73°28′52″W / 6.05722°N 73.48111°W / 6.05722; -73.48111
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Ricaurte Province
Founded 14 June 1806
Founded by Antonio José Amar y Borbón
Government
 • Mayor José del Carmen Delgado Zarate
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Municipality and town 67 km2 (26 sq mi)
Elevation 1,550 m (5,090 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 7,692
 • Density 110/km2 (300/sq mi)
 • Urban 2,348
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

Santana is a town and municipality in the Ricaurte Province, in the north of the Colombian department of Boyacá. The urban centre is situated at an altitude of 1,550 metres (5,090 ft) in the Eastern Ranges of the Colombian Andes. Santana borders Chitaraque and the Santander Department in the east, Güepsa, Santander in the west, Suaita, Santander in the north and Chitaraque and San José de Pare in the south.[1]

Etymology[edit]

Santana was called Santa Ana de Vélez until the end of the nineteenth century. Later, it was shortened to Santana.[1]

History[edit]

The region of Santana before the Spanish conquest of the Muisca, was an important cotton-growing area. The Guane and through trade also the Muisca, made mantles and small cloths used as money from the plant. Santana was located between the terrains led by the major cacique of Vélez and Chitaraque. Conquistador Martín Galeano founded the modern town of Vélez on June 3, 1539. Santa Ana was visited by evangelisers at the end of 1692 for the first time, 75 years after the installation of the encomienda of Santa Ana de Vélez. Modern Santana, then still called Santa Ana, was founded by viceroy Antonio José Amar y Borbón on June 14, 1806.[1]

Economy[edit]

The basis for the economy of Santana is the cultivation of sugarcane, to produce panela. Also coffee is grown in Santana.[1]

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