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Honda, Tolima


Honda is a town and municipality in the Tolima department of Colombia. The population of the municipality was 26,873 as of the 2005 [*] census. Along with Libano, Honda is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Libano-Honda. The main industries of Honda are tourism, fishing, and cattle-ranching.

Origin of the name

Honda takes its name from the Ondaimas, the indigenous people that inhabited the banks of the Magdalena river and the region where the city lies today.

Honda is called "the City of Bridges" with more than 25 of them on the rivers Magdalena, Guali, Guarino, and Quebrada Seca. It is also called the "City of Peace" as it escaped most of the violence of the 1950s.

History

Honda was founded on August 24, 1539 by Francisco Nunez Pedroso. The "golden age" of the city was between 1850 and 1910 when the Magdalena river constituted the only means of transportation between the Caribbean coast and the inland city of Bogota. The city was the main river port of the country and all the imported goods and articles arrived in Bogota through the port of Honda.

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