river port, central Colombia, at the confluence of the upper Magdalena (there bridged) and Bogotá rivers, opposite Flandes. The site, once a canoe outpost named Pastor Montero, was donated for the creation of San Miguel parish in 1844. Under a provincial ordinance (1852) this became a district that was named after Atanasio Girardot, hero of the Battle of Bárbula (1813).

      Coffee and hides are the main commodities shipped in riverboats; the city has an airport. Pop. (2003 est.) 123,637.

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