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Santa Marta

Santa Marta
Full nameSanta Marta
Official nameSanta Marta
RegionCaribbean Region
FoundationJuly 29, 1525
Rodrigo de Bastidas
Named forMartha
MayorJuan Pablo Diazgranados Pinedo
Total Area924.07 sq mi (2393.3 km2)
Urban Area21.27 sq mi (55.1 km2)
Elevation19.7 ft (6 m)
Highest Elevation18946.9 ft (5775 m)
Total Population415270 (2005)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)385122
Other information
Time zoneColombia Standard Time (UTC-05)

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Santa Marta is the capital city of the Colombian department of Magdalena in the Caribbean Region. It was founded in July 29, 1525 by the Spanish conqueror Rodrigo de Bastidas, which makes it the oldest remaining city in Colombia (Santa María la Antigua del Darién was founded earlier, but abandoned soon after). Located between the Santa Marta Mountains and the Caribbean Sea, the city is a popular tourist destination due to its history, colonial architecture, beaches and nearby nature reserves.

Simón Bolívar died at an estate named Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino on the outskirts of Santa Marta on December 17, 1830. The city has been affected to some extent by the Colombian Armed Conflict.

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