Soracá

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Soracá
Municipality and town
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Location of the municipality and town of Soracá in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Soracá in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Country Colombia
DepartmentBoyacá Department
ProvinceCentral Boyacá Province
Founded7 October 1776
Government
 • MayorClementina Guayacán Guevara
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Municipality and town57 km2 (22 sq mi)
 • Urban
27 km2 (10 sq mi)
Elevation
2,942 m (9,652 ft)
Population
 (2015)
 • Municipality and town5,353
 • Density94/km2 (240/sq mi)
 • Urban
751
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
WebsiteOfficial website

Soracá is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá, part of the subregion of the Central Boyacá Province. Soracá borders the municipalities of Chivatá in the north, Siachoque, Viracacha and Ramiriquí in the east, Boyacá in the south and the department capital Tunja in the west.[1]

Etymology[edit]

In Chibcha, Soracá means "ruling mansion of the sovereign".[2]

History[edit]

The area of Soracá was part of the zacazgo of Hunza, presently known as Tunja in the time before the Spanish conquest of the Muisca. The Muisca inhabiting the Altiplano Cundiboyacense and their confederation were an advanced civilization who spoke Chibcha. In the 1530s the Spanish conquistadores led by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada entered the territories of the Muisca.

Economy[edit]

Main economical activities in Soracá are dairy production, mining and production of bricks.[1]

Born in Soracá[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (in Spanish) Official website Soracá
  2. ^ (in Spanish) Etymology Soracá

Coordinates: 5°30′N 73°19′W / 5.500°N 73.317°W / 5.500; -73.317