Astrea, Colombia

Astrea
town

Flag
Country Colombia
Region Caribbean
Department Cesar
Foundation 1936
Government
 • Mayor Edgar Orlando Barrios
(Radical Change)[1]
Elevation 200 m (700 ft)
Population (2005)
 • Total 22.041
  [2][3]
Website
astrea-cesar.gov.co

Astrea is a municipality and town of the Department of Cesar in northern Colombia.[4]

Geography

The municipality of Astrea limits to the north with the municipality of El Paso and northewest with Magdalena Department; to the south with the municipality of Chiriguana. It has an extension of 580 km². The average temperature throughout the year is 30 °C.

The region is part of the geological Zambrano formation, formed in the Neogene presenting a gray-greenish clay.[5]

History

Founded by a farmer named Martín Mier Barbosa in 1936 when a group of farmers from the Magdalena Department arrived seeking better pastures.[4]

After the creation of the Department of Cesar in 1964 Astrea became a corregimiento of the municipality of Chimichagua. On November 26, 1984 Astrea segregated from Chimichagua and became a municipality of the Department of Cesar by Ordinance 013 of 1984.[4][6]

Politics

Administrative divisions

Corregimientos
  • Arjona
  • San Pedro
  • Santa Cecilia
  • El Vallito

Economy

Ranching and agriculture are the main economic activity in the region having the town of Astrea as the main urban center of the municipality. Agricultural products are commercialized in the town such as; yuca, sesame, corn and common bean among others.[4]

Culture

Astrea celebrates the Día de San Antonio de Pádua (Saint Anthony of Pádua) Day in the corregimiento of Arjona, every year on June 16. Astrea also celebrates a traditional feast honoring the Día de San Martín (St. Martin's Day) every November 11.[4]

References

External links

  • (Spanish) Government of Cesar Department: Astrea
  • (Spanish) Astrea official website
  • (Spanish) Departamento Nacional de Estadistica - Astrea.

Coordinates: 9°30′N 73°59′W / 9.500°N 73.983°W / 9.500; -73.983

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