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Department of Cauca
Departamento del Cauca
Flag of Department of Cauca
Coat of arms of Department of Cauca
Por el Derecho a la Diferencia
(Spanish: For the Right to a Difference)
Cauca shown in red
Cauca shown in red
Topography of the department
Topography of the department
Coordinates: 2°27′N 76°37′W / 2.450°N 76.617°W / 2.450; -76.617
CountryCauca Department Colombia
RegionAndean Region/Pacific Region
EstablishedJune 15, 1857
 • GovernorElías Larrahondo Carabalí (2020-Present)
 • Total29,308 km2 (11,316 sq mi)
 • Rank13th
 • Total1,464,488
 • Rank11th
 • Density50/km2 (130/sq mi)
 • TotalCOP 25,768 billion
(US$ 6.1 billion)
Time zoneUTC-05
ISO 3166 codeCO-CAU
HDI (2019)0.719[3]
high · 25th of 33

Cauca Department (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkawka], Spanish: Departamento del Cauca) is a Department of Southwestern Colombia. Located in the southwestern part of the country, facing the Pacific Ocean to the west,[4] the Valle del Cauca Department to the north, Tolima Department to the northeast, Huila Department to the east, and Nariño Department to the south. Putumayo and Caqueta Departments border the southeast portion of Cauca Department as well. It covers a total area of 29,308 km2 (11,316 sq mi), the 13th largest in Colombia. Its capital is the city of Popayán. The offshore island of Malpelo belongs to the department. It is located in the southwest of the country, mainly in the Andean and Pacific regions (between 0°58′54″N and 3°19′04″N latitude, 75°47′36″W and 77°57′05″W longitude) plus a tiny part (Piamonte) in the Amazonian region. The area makes up 2.56% of the country.

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  3. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  4. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Cauca" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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