Cúcuta


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Cúcuta

Cúcuta (ko͞oˈko͞otä), city, capital of Norte de Santander dept., NE Colombia, near the Venezuelan border, on the eastern cordillera of the Colombian Andes. An industrial city and transportation hub, Cúcuta is the center of a rich coffee, oil, and mineral region. It also has a reputation for contraband. The city was founded in 1733. Simón Bolívar captured Cúcuta in 1813 and set out from there on his march to Caracas. At Cúcuta the constituent congress of 1821 met to draft the constitution of Greater Colombia (present-day Venezuela, Ecuador, and Colombia). The city was rebuilt after an earthquake in 1875.
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Cúcuta

 

a city in northeastern Colombia, located near the Venezuelan border, on the Pan American Highway from Bogotá to Caracas. It is the administrative center of the department of Norte de Santander. Population, 229,200 (1970). Cúcuta is connected by railroad with the port of Encontrados (Venezuela) on the Catatumbo River. It is the center of a coffee- and tobacco-producing region; it also has textile industry. North of Cúcuta (in the Catatumbo valley), there is petroleum extraction.

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