Tibaná

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For the Romanian commune, see Ţibana.
Tibaná
Municipality and town
Flag of Tibaná
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Official seal of Tibaná
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Location of the municipality and town of Tibaná in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Tibaná in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Márquez Province
Founded 12 October 1537
Founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada
Government
 • Mayor Luis Alejandro Millán Diaz
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Municipality and town 121.76 km2 (47.01 sq mi)
 • Urban 0.45 km2 (0.17 sq mi)
Elevation 2,115 m (6,939 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 9,186
 • Density 75/km2 (200/sq mi)
 • Urban 1,601
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

Tibaná is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá, part of the subregion of Márquez Province. The urban centre of Tibaná is situated on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense at an altitude of 2,115 metres (6,939 ft) and a distance of 38 kilometres (24 mi) from the department capital Tunja. It borders Jenesano in the north, Ramiriquí and Chinavita in the east, Chinavita and Úmbita in the south and in the west Turmequé and Nuevo Colón.[1]

Etymology[edit]

Tibaná is named after the Tibanaes, a Chibcha-speaking tribe of the Muisca. Tiba means "chief".[1][2]

History[edit]

The area around Tibaná was part of the Muisca Confederation and loyal to the zaque of Hunza. Modern Tibaná was founded early in the Spanish conquest; on October 12, 1537 Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada established the village.[1]

Economy[edit]

Main economical activity of Tibaná is horticulture (deciduous trees) and agriculture (potatoes). Mining is restricted to small-scale operations, mainly coal, gravel and clay.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d (Spanish) Official website Tibaná
  2. ^ (Spanish) Etymology Tibaná - Excelsio.net

Coordinates: 5°19′N 73°24′W / 5.317°N 73.400°W / 5.317; -73.400