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Tunja History


For centuries the Muisca (of the Chibcha linguistic group) lived in the Boyacá region. Hunza was the principal political seat These 800,000 to a million inhabitants are considered to have been the most advanced civilization of the time. The Muisca fought hard against the Spanish invaders. In 1539, the Spaniards succeeded in their conquest of this region, and Gonzalo Suárez Rendón established Tunja on the site of Hunza. The city declared its liberty from Spanish rule in 1811. During the struggle for the colonies' independence, one of the most decisive battles was fought at Puente de Boyacá.

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