Tutazá

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Tutazá
Municipality and town
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Location of the municipality and town of Tutazá in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Tutazá in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Tundama Province
Founded 6 October 1849
Government
 • Mayor Saul Reyes Estupiñán
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Municipality and town 135 km2 (52 sq mi)
 • Urban 35 km2 (14 sq mi)
Elevation 2,700 m (8,900 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 1,890
 • Density 14/km2 (36/sq mi)
 • Urban 195
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

Tutazá or Tutasá, is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá, part of the Tundama Province, a subregion of Boyacá. Tutazá borders the municipalities Belén, Paz de Río, Sativasur and Sativanorte of the department of Boyacá and Onzaga and Coromoro of the department of Santander.[1]

History[edit]

Before the Spanish conquest of the Muisca on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense, Tutazá was ruled by a cacique called Tutazúa. He was loyal to the cacique Tundama from the city with the same name, currently known as Duitama. In the Chibcha language of the Muisca Tutaz(u)á means "Son of the Sun".[2]

Although the village was already visited by missionaries from the 17th century, the official foundation was on October 6th, 1849.[1] Simón Bolívar visited Tutazá on July 18th, 1819.[1]

Economy[edit]

Main economical activity of the small village are agriculture (potatoes, maize, beans, peas, barley and wheat) and livestock farming.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d (in Spanish) Official website Tutazá - accessed 02-05-2016
  2. ^ (in Spanish) Etymology Tutazá - accessed 02-05-2016

Coordinates: 6°03′N 72°52′W / 6.050°N 72.867°W / 6.050; -72.867