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Boyacá, Colombia

The Zaque tribe of the Muisca people lived in Hunza, where the city of Tunja now stands.

The legend of El Dorado originated with the Muisca people of central Colombia.

‘El Dorado’ means ‘the Gilded One’ and refers to the fabled king who covered himself in gold dust.

The Battle of Boyacá won Colombia its independence from Spanish rule in 1819.

The city of Tunja was the capital of Colombia as the United Provinces of New Granada from 1810 to 1816.

The Muisca is the third largest indigenous group to have existed in the history of the Americas.

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