The city is located in a long valley surrounded by the cool climate and Dariense Isabelia ridge located 142 km north of the capital Managua
. The city of Jinotega has a population of 41,134
and the department a population of 332,335 (2005 census).
Jinotega produces 80% of Nicaragua's coffee, which is exported to the United States
Also in Jinotega are several rivers and a lake. Apanas, an artificial lake of 51 square kilometers that provides hydropower to much of the country Although there is some contradiction as to the origin of the name, Jinotega is generally known as "The City of Mists" (Ciudad de la Brumas) for the magnificent whisks of clouds continuously feathering through the top of the valley. Another generally accepted name is" The Eternal City of Men "("City of Eternal Men").
Jinotega is bordered to the
- north by the municipalities of Santa María de Pantasma and Wiwili
- south by the municipalities of Matagalpa and Sébaco
- east by the municipalities of El Cua, Bocay, and Tuma La Dalia
- west by the municipalities of La Trinidad, San Rafael del Norte, La Concordia, and San Sebastian de Yali
Lake Apanas, north of Jinotega
- Mountains: Cuspire, Chimborazo, Kilambe (1750m), Peñas Blancas, Zinica, Saslaya, Baba, Asan Rahra
- Valleys: Jinotega city, Pantasma, Cuá, Wiwilí, Wamblan, Bocay
- Rivers: Coco, Yali, Montecristo, Pantasma, Cua, Wamblan, Ulwaskin, Bocay, Wina, Amaka, Tuma, Viejo
- Lakes: Apanas
- Municipalities nearby: San Sebastián de Yalí, Santa María de Pantasma, San Rafael del Norte, La Concordia, El Cuá, Wiwilí de Jinotega, San José de Bocay
The climate is subtropical and tropical in the high valleys, dry in summer, rainy in winter and cool in the mountains.
San Juan Cathedral in the city of Jinotega
The Indian city of Jinotega existed before the Spanish arrived. It is unknown when the first Spanish settled in Jinotega. It had to be after the year 1581, because the Spanish Census of 1581 shows it was still an Indian town. Even in 1703 when missioner Fray Margil de Jesus visited Jinotega there were no permanent Spanish settlers there. However by 1731 there were some permanent ones, like Juan de Castro, other Spaniard last names like Gadea, Duarte, Altamirano, Alburquerque, Fray Juan de Zeledon, and some soldiers. Zeledon is said to have invited some nephews to come here who let descendants who still live there: some of them are Zeledon of La Concordia, Umure and Ocotal Espeso and Pacsila, idilic communities located between the cities of Matagalpa and Jinotega. According to locals, Jinotega was founded when five Spanish families moved north from Nueva Segovia by year 1700 to settle the "dry zone" or "zona seca" community of Jocomico, Naranjo, Umure, Ocotal Espeso, which lies about 15 kilometers south of the city. The city of Jinotega was formed in the middle of a bowl-like mountainous area. In 1703 a large cross was placed by Spanish friar Margil de Jesus at the highest point of Chirinagua in the western edge of the city, now called Cerro de la Cruz. It is illuminated at night, and tourists organize hiking tours to this peak.
BLI "contra" soldiers marching through Jinotega in 1985
The name Jinotega derives presumably from the Nahuatl
word "Xinotencatl". Linguists
disagree on the meaning of this word. Some interpret it as "City of the Eternal Men", whereas others translate it as "Neighbors of the Jiñocuabos". The word "Neighbors" here should be understood as being like the ending "ville" or "land". The interpretation as "Neighbors of the Jiñocuabos" is more likely to be the right one, since Jiñocuabo is a tree (Bursera simaruba
(L.) Sarg.) praised by the natives for curative properties. In the Nahuatl-Language Jiñocuabo seems to mean "mangy tree".
The Jinotega region is perhaps the most war-torn region in Nicaragua's history. Its remote location as well as its proximity to the border with Honduras made it a haven for rebel forces throughout the last seven decades. The most intense battles took place in the Department of Jinotega between 1927 and 1934 under Augusto C. Sandino
and his troops (popularly known as "los bandoleros") against the Americanoccupation
troops. Later, at the end of the 1970s, Jinotega was a place of bitter war between the troops of Anastasio Somoza
Debayle and the civilian rebel population. Somoza was defeated on July 19, 1979. After a short period of peace, civil war
began again between government troops of the new Sandinista regime
and the Contra rebels who felt betrayed by the Sandinistas and were funded by the United States.
Beans from a coffee plant
Starting from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Jinotega was driven by the economics of coffee. Jinotega is still a major supplier of coffee for Nicaragua and for other countries. The basic grains (corn, beans, and wheat), vegetables (tomato, lettuce, onion, cabbage, parsley, radish, celery, broccoli, potatoes, taro, carrot, cucumber) and fruit species also contribute to its economy.
There are three universities in Jinotega:
- Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua León (UNAN)
- Instituto Nacional Tecnológico (INATEC).
Universidad del Norte de Nicaragua (UNN).
Jinotega is twinned with:
- ^ a b Citypopulation.de Population of cities in Nicaragua[better source needed]
- ^ Citypopulation.de Population of departments and municipalities in Nicaragua[better source needed]
- ^ [https://www.citypopulation de/en/nicaragua/cities/ Citypopulation.de] Population of departments in Nicaragua[better source needed]
- ^ "Universidades de Nicaragua (Privadas y Públicas)". www.altillo.com.
- (in Spanish) Monografía de Jinotega, by Dr. Julián N. Guerrero and Lolita Soriano (1966), translated into German by Edgard Arturo Castro-Frenzel (2006), also available at the Iberoamerican Institute Berlin (www.iai.spk-berlin.de). German version (pdf-file) might be downloaded (http://www.bio-nica.info/topic/index.html).
- (in Spanish) Jinotega-Recopilación histórica, by Simeón Jarquín Blandón (1991), N 972.85 I37, translated into German by Edgard Arturo Castro-Frenzel (2006), also available at the Iberoamerican Institute Berlin (www.iai.spk-berlin.de). German version (pdf-file) might be downloaded (http://www.bio-nica.info/topic/index.html).
Other books related to Jinotega
- Nicaragua en mis recuerdos, by Dr. Simeón Rizo Gadea, in Spanish
- Monografía de Jinotega, by Julián N. Guerrero y Lolita Soriano, in Spanish (1966).
- Monografía de Jinotega, by Julián N. Guerreo und Lolita Soriano, translated into German by Edgard Arturo Castro-Frenzel (2006), available at the virtual library of Bionica (bionica.info)
- Jinotega- Recopilación histórica, by Simeón Jarquín Blandón, in Spanish (1991), N 972.85 I 37.
- Jinotega- Recopilación histórica, by Simeón Jarquín Blandón, translated into German by Edgard Arturo Castro-Frenzel (2006), available at the virtual library of Bio-Nica (bionica.info)
- The Naturalist in Nicaragua, by Thomas Belt, in English (1873)
- El Naturalista en Nicaragua, by Thomas Belt, in Spanish, translated by Dr. Jaime Incer Barquero (1975)
- Nicaragua, by René Moser, in French, English, German and Spanish, in one volume (1974), ISBN 2-85518-008-2
- Deutsches Leben in Nicaragua-Auswanderer-Schicksale, by Dr. Götz Freiherr von Houwald, former German ambassador to Nicaragua, in German (1986), ISBN 3-925290-60-5, also available at the Iberoamerican Institute Berlin (www.iai.spk-berlin.de)
- Los alemanes en Nicaragua, by Dr. Götz Freiherr von Houwald, former German ambassador to Nicaragua, in Spanish, translated from German by Mrs. Resie Pereira (1975)
- Mayangna-Wir - Zur Geschichte der Sumu-Indianer in Mittelamerika, by Dr. Götz Freiherr von Houwald, former German ambassador to Nicaragua, in German (1990), also available at the Iberoamerican Institute Berlin (www.iai.spk-berlin.de), ISBN 3-87673-134-8
- Mayangna- Apuntes sobre la historia de los indígenas Sumu en Centroamérica, by Dr. Götz Freiherr von Houwald, former German ambassador to Nicaragua, in Spanish, translated from German by Edgard Arturo Castro-Frenzel (2003), also available at the Iberoamerican Institute Berlin (www.iai.spk-berlin.de), ISBN 99924-53-15-X
- Raices del centro-norte de Nicaragua, by Eddy Kuhl, 2010. Historian, Member of the Academy of Geography and History of Nicaragua
- Belli, Gioconda (2003) . El país bajo mi piel : memorias de amor y guerra [The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War]. Bloomsbury. OCLC 59462896.
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Jinotega
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