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Location of the municipality and town of Amalfi in the Antioquia Department of Colombia
|• Total||1,210 km2 (470 sq mi)|
|• Density||18/km2 (47/sq mi)|
Amalfi is town and
It has an extension of 91 miles squares, being one of the biggest Antioquean municipalities in extension with a population of 22,088 inhabitants. The county seat has a population of 11,481 inhabitants and it is located in La Víbora Valley, on a mountainous region that is rich in gold and water reserves, attracting settlers since the half of the 19th century from other Antioquean regions, especially Copacabana, Rionegro, La Ceja, Santa Fe de Antioquia, Yarumal and Santa Rosa de Osos, as well as migrants from countries such as Spain, Syria, Liban, Morocco, China, Germany, Sweden, Finland and West African regions like Nigeria. A permanent affluent of outside settlers during the 19th and 20th centuries searching for gold, absorbed the native population from whom there are archeological evidences dated about 9 thousand years ago that belong to the cultures of the Yamesíes, Guamocoes and Tahamíes. Their extinct language is alive in local expressions and geographical names in their interaction with European and African descendants.
The municipality is identified with the Tiger of Amafil, a historical event dated 1949, when some locals hunted a
The name Amalfi in Colombia honors the Italian city of Amalfi of Salerno, which name has two hypothesis: