12 April 1592
Thursday 7:52 AM
Bernardo de Albornoz
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13°C, Wind E at 6 km/h, 93% Humidity
Ubaté (originally Villa San Diego de Ubaté) is a town and municipality in the Ubaté Province, part of Cundinamarca Department, Colombia. Ubaté is the capital of the province with the same name and situated in the Ubaté-Chiquinquirá Valley of the Altiplano Cundiboyacense. The urban centre is located at an altitude of 2,556 metres (8,386 ft) and 97 kilometres (60 mi) from the capital Bogotá. The municipality borders the department of Boyacá in the north, the Rionegro Province in the west, the Central Savanna Province in the south and in the east and southeast the Almeidas Province.
The name Ubaté comes from the native name "Ebate" meaning "Bloodied land" or "Sower of the mouth".
The area of Ubaté before the Spanish conquest was inhabited by the Muisca, organised in a loose confederation of rulers; the Muisca Confederation. Initially loyal to the zaque of Hunza, Ubaté changed rule around 1490 when it was submitted by zipa Saguamanchica.
Modern Ubaté was founded on April 12, 1592 by Bernardo de Albornoz.
It is known as the "Milk Capital of Colombia" and for a Gothic style cathedral and the San Luis Convent.
Main activities of Ubaté are agriculture and livestock farming.