Susacón

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Susacón
Municipality and town
Church of Susacón
Church of Susacón
Flag of Susacón
Flag
Official seal of Susacón
Seal
Location of the municipality and town of Susacón in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Susacón in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Northern Boyacá Province
Founded 18 December 1809
Founded by Nicolás Ramírez, Domingo de la Parra and Vicente Badilla
Government
 • Mayor Jairo Alonso Rincón
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Municipality and town 191 km2 (74 sq mi)
 • Urban 0.42 km2 (0.16 sq mi)
Elevation 2,480 m (8,140 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 3,095
 • Density 16/km2 (42/sq mi)
 • Urban 966
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

Susacón is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá, part of the subregion of the Northern Boyacá Province. Susacón borders to the north Soatá, in the east Boavita, La Uvita and Jericó, in the south Sativanorte and in the west the Santander municipality of Onzaga.[1]

History[edit]

When the Spanish conquistadors led by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada entered the Altiplano Cundiboyacense, the central highlands of the Colombian Andes, they found there the Muisca Confederation, the former country, home of the Muisca.

Susacón was ruled by a cacique who was loyal to the cacique of Soatá. The cacique of Susacón took part in the bloody Battle of Bonza against the Spanish troops of De Quesada.[1]

Although the Spanish missionaries already arrived in 1556, the village was officially founded on December 18th, 1809.[1]

Susacón means in Chibcha: "ally of the cacique Susa".[2]

Economy[edit]

Main economical activities of Susacón are agriculture (potatoes, maize, barley, sugar cane, wheat and bananas), livestock farming, fishing and crafts.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d (Spanish) Official website of Susacón - accessed 03-05-2016
  2. ^ (Spanish) Etymology Susacón - accessed 03-05-2016


Coordinates: 6°14′N 72°42′W / 6.233°N 72.700°W / 6.233; -72.700