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Garagoa

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Garagoa is a town and municipality in Colombia, located in the Boyacá Department. It covers an area of 191.75 km² and the urban centre is located at an altitude of 1650m above sea level. Parts of the municipality reach altitudes of 3050m. It is the capital of the province of Neira. It is also the seat of the Diocese of Garagoa of the Catholic Church. The municipality is situated in the Eastern Ranges of the Colombian Andes and borders Chinavita in the north, Macanal in the south, Tenza and Sutatenza in the west and Miraflores and Chinavita in the east.EtymologyGaragoa in Chibcha means "Behind the hill" or "On the other side of the hill".HistoryIn the times before the Spanish conquest, the area of Garagoa was inhabited by the Muisca, organized in their loose Muisca Confederation. Garagoa was ruled by the zaque based in Hunza. Garagoa was visited by conquistador Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada in 1539, and was elevated to municipal status on October 5, 1809.
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