Tame, Arauca

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Tame, Arauca
Municipality and town
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Official seal of Tame, Arauca
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Location of the municipality and town of Tame, Arauca in the Arauca Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Tame, Arauca in the Arauca Department of Colombia
Country Colombia
DepartmentArauca Department
FoundedJune 12, 1628
Government
 • MayorHernan Dario Camacho Sarmiento
Area
 • Municipality and town1,064 km2 (410.813 sq mi)
Elevation
340 m (1,115.49 ft)
Population
 (2015)
 • Municipality and town52,768
 • Density49.59/km2 (128.45/sq mi)
 • Urban
20,011
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
ClimateAm

Tame is a town and municipality in the Arauca Department, Colombia. The municipality has a total area of 5,300 km².

History[edit]

The region was explored by the German conquistador Jorge de Espira in 1536. There he encountered several Indian tribes from the Arawakan and the Goajiboan language families; Arauca, Caquetio, Lucalia, Girara, Chiricoa, Cuiba, Guahibo and Achagua. The Girara people lived at the exact location of the modern town (or closest to).

Tame was founded by Alonso Pérez de Guzmán on June 12, 1628. He also founded "Espinosa de las Palmas" nearby, for civilian Spaniards. The village was destroyed a few years later by the natives in confrontations in which Pérez de Guzmán and his soldiers were killed by the Girara Indians of Tame in revenge for the slavery treatment.

Geography[edit]

The municipality of Arauca borders to the north with the municipality of Fortul, to the northeast with the municipality of Arauquita, to the east with the municipality of Puerto Rondón, to the south with the Casanare Department and to the west with the Boyacá Department.

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Coordinates: 6°28′N 71°44′W / 6.467°N 71.733°W / 6.467; -71.733