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MAGDALENA
Inhabitants: Magdalenenses

The department of Magdalena is located in the north of Colombia and bordered by the Caribbean Sea and by the departments of Bolívar, Atlántico, Cesar and La Guajira.
In Magdalena, you will find the majestic Sierra Nevada (a snow-covered Mountain), the Sierra Nevada National Park, Santa Marta's Cienaga Grande flora and fauna sanctuary and the Island of Salamanca. Deep in the jungle, there is "La Ciudad Perdida" (the “Lost City”), which was discovered in 1975, an ancient city of the Tayrona tribe, It is the 20 th century's largest archaeological find in the Americas. The famous Bahía Concha and Cañaveral beaches are also located in this department.
Before the arrival of the Spaniards, the land was populated by the native Tayrona tribes. Alonso de Ojeda was the first Spaniard to step onto Magdalena's territory. Twenty-six years later, Rodrigo de Bastidas founded the city of Santa Marta, the central city of Santa Marta province. In 1857, the region was named State of Magdalena and it became a department in 1886.
Due to its large geographical size (23,188 square kilometers), its economic sources are diverse: agriculture (African palm, rice, sorghum, corn, cotton, coffee and banana crops as well as raising livestock), livestoch and fishing in both the sea and river and mining (petroleum, magnesium, calcareous and limestone).
Magdalena has about 1,410,000 inhabitants.

Capital: Santa Marta
If you are looking for delight and beauty, Santa Marta has it all. Beautiful beaches, ecological and historic places, hotels, nightlife and happy and welcoming people.
The city's population is around 320,000 and it is one of the important ports in Colombia.
Built at the foot of the impressive Sierra Nevada, Santa Marta attracts thousands of tourists with different kinds of interests. Sun worshippers and lovers of water sports, enthusiasts frequent the sandy beaches of El Rodadero, history buffs visit museums like the remarkable Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, where the Liberator Simón Bolívar died. Archaeologists travel through the Lost City and the Pueblito and nature lovers are delighted with their wonderful parks, where they join other visitors seeking peacefulness and rest in this small but captivating city.


             
 


The Flag
of
Magdalena




The Emblem
of
Magdalena


  Important Figures and Outstanding People Born in Magdalena

>> Presidents
>> Writers, Poets and
     Intellectuals

>> Artists
>> Actors (New page in Spanish)
>> Musicians, Composers and
     Singers

>> Sportsmen and Women
>> Beauty Queens

Music

To listen to the songs from this region,
click on the speaker below .


















Castillo de San Felipe






Annual Events


January:
Festivals of the Cayman – (Ciénaga Grande,
Santa Marta).

June:
The Cumbia Festival (El Banco).

August: Festival of the Sea (Santa Marta).

December:
The Cayman Man Festival (Plato).








Other Municipalities

Ciénaga, El Banco, Pivijai, Fundación, Plato, Aracataca, Santa Ana.




Airports

Simón Bolívar
– Santa Marta.
La Amalia – Ciénaga.
El Banco – El Banco.



Protected Region

Tayrona National Natural Park

Location: Magdalena, La Guajira.



Sanctuaries, Flora and Fauna

Ciénaga Grande - Santa Marta
Area : 23,000 hectares



National Natural Parks

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Location: Region of Magdalena, Guajira and Cesar.
Area: 383,000 hectares.

Salamanca Island

Area: 21,000 hectares.

Tayrona

Area: 15,000 hectares.



The Anthem of Magdalena
(in Spanish)

Lyrics and music: Francisco Covilla

Chorus
Al cantarte Magdalena mío nuestras almas se
llenan de paz y del pecho arrogante y henchido una
voz nos escapa triunfal.
I
Magdalena, tierra prometida, es tu nombre camino
fluvial, don Rodrigo Galván de Bastidas , desde
iberia te vino a encontrar.
II
Ni el tayrona aguerrido y valiente, con su sangre lo
pudo evitar, y orgulloso se fue hasta tu frente que es
la sierra mas alta del mar.
III
Desde el mar al Cesar tu ribera fue testigo de
cruentas acciones: pocabuyes, chimilas, son fieras con
sus flechas y sus corazones.
IV
Desafiante un velero negrero al bantú trajo cual
mercancía, se mezclaron las razas primero y hoy
conviven en plena armonía.
V
Tus mujeres en gestas gloriosas combatieron al
 fuerte español; y dios quiso que en tu tierra
hermosa expirara el libertador
VI
Los cultivos cambiaron la historia del macondo
florido y feraz. Yo quisiera siempre en mi memoria
el Caribe y el río soñar.
























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