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Puente Nacional, Santander
Municipality and town in Santander Department, Colombia
The province of Vélez is found in the area shaded red, established as an independent segment of the confederation (neither Zipa nor Zaque).
The area was originally inhabited by four Muisca tribes, three of which named the: Semisos, Irobaes y Popobas, their heritage now only surviving in the names of three surrounding veredas.
Annual parades celebrating local culture and music
The area between Puente and neighbouring Santa Sofía (or Guatoque) was inhabited by a major tribe called the Sorocotá, governing a major commercial centre possibly home to the region's largest agricultural market.
The town still has a market every Monday which sees locally sourced produce brought to the town from the town's plethora of surrounding farms.
The town's Santa Barbara church, the local parish. In 1730 supposedly built over the former residence of the cacique of the Sorocotás  However as the former territory was recorded to have been based in Guatoque-Santa Sofía the narrative is unconfirmed.
The Hoyo de La Romera on the side of Santa Sofía remains the only alleged historical vestige to the area's indigenous past, though the claim is yet to be supported by archeological evidence.
Every year on the 8th of May week, the town transforms with homage to the comuneros. On the day of the main celebration, townspeople dress in traditional late-18th century attire and have parades across the town.
The town's Cantarrana Street was the setting for a now-regularly commemorated massacre at the close of the bipartisan Colombian Civil War of the mid-twentieth. On 29 September 1960, the decennial conflict antagonising liberals and conservatives culminated with a shooting involving local brigandEfrain Gonzalez killing 11 civilians and injuring 19.
In nearby Florían lie the Windows of Tisquizoque waterfalls, associated with the former cacique of the same name.