Ancón District

Ancón District

Infobox District Peru
district = Ancón





image_size =
image_caption = Harbor
cofarms = COA Ancón District in Lima Province.png

region =
province = Lima
founded = October 29, 1874
capital = Ancón
elevation = 3
hamlets = 2 populated centers
ubigeo = 150102
pop = 29,419
density = 98.3
area = 299.22
mayor = Guillermo Leonardo Pozo Garcia
web = www.muniancon.gob.pe

Ancón is a district of northern Lima Province in Peru. It is a popular beach resort, visited every summer by hundreds of people from Lima.Officially established as a district on October 29, 1874, the current mayor ("alcalde") of Ancón is Jaime Jesús Pajuelo Torres. The district's postal code is 2.

Geography

The district has a total land area of 299.22 km². Its administrative center is located 3 meters above sea level.

;Boundaries
* North: Aucallama District (Huaral Province)
* East: Huamantanga District (Canta Province), Carabayllo District
* South: Santa Rosa and Puente Piedra, as well as Ventanilla in the Constitutional Province of Callao
* West: Pacific Ocean

Political division

The district is divided into 2 populated centers ( _es. Centros Poblados):

* Ancón
* Piedras Gordas

Demographics

According to the 2005 census by the INEI, the district has 29,419 inhabitants, a population density of 98.3 persons/km² and 12,990 households. It is the second largest district and the 40th most populated district in Lima.

Beach resort

Ancón used to be a deluxe upscale beach resort during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Its sandy soil and dry atmosphere made it a welcome place for persons with pulmonary and bronchial affections. Besides the beach, in 1913, there was a tennis court, one or two hotels, and many cottages. The train trip from Desamparados station in downtown Lima took about an hour and a half through dry desert.

Today, the beach has become very popular; most of the upscale housing has moved to the beaches south of Lima, such as Santa María del Mar, Punta Hermosa, Punta Negra, Asia, among others.

Historical significance

Modern buildings and old houses dating back to the 19th century can be found in the district's beach area. Ancón has a yacht club that exists since 1950.

The Treaty of Ancón, that ended the War of the Pacific, was signed on October 20, 1883, ceding Tarapacá to the Chilean invaders.

Archaeology

Ancón is an important site in Peruvian archaeology as a burying ground for pre-Inca civilizations. Here the ridges of gravel and sandy soil were littered with skulls, bones, and remnants of tattered handwoven cloth. Beneath the surface, grave robbers found mummified bodies with all the accompanying grave goods in shallow graves. In this region, the preservation of the bodies was due to the dry climate, and also reportedly, the saltpetre and other preservative elements contained in the soil. In the late 1800s, archaeologist digging here found bodies, sometimes tattooed, adorned with beads, copper earrings and bird feathers, and swathed in richly colored blankets or cotton cloth, with jars of provisions beside them. Tablets fashioned of cloth, stretched upon frames of wood and painted with figures and characters, described the virtues of the deceased. Pre-historic Ancón was a fishing village, so many handmade nets were found, along with baskets of woven fibre representing the industries of women.

The extension of the railroad in 1870 to Chancay made the Necropolis of Ancón easily accessible to the day visitor. The geologists Reiss and Stubel conducted their excavations at Ancón during the period 1874-1875 because they feared the extent of digging there would quickly deplete the site. In 1884 Stolpe conducted excavations at Ancon on behalf of the National Museum of Ethnology in Stockholm.

External links

* [http://www.yachtclubancon.com/ Yacht Club Ancón]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Ancon — Ancón Le dictrict d’Ancón est l’un des 43 districts de la province de Lima au Pérou. Il fut créé le 29 octobre 1874. Il s’agit d’une station balnéaire ancienne située à environ 40 kilomètres au nord du Centre historique de Lima et accessible par… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ancón — Le dictrict d’Ancón est l’un des 43 districts de la province de Lima au Pérou. Il fut créé le 29 octobre 1874. Il s’agit d’une station balnéaire ancienne située à environ 40 kilomètres au nord du Centre historique de Lima et accessible par la… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ancón — may refer to:*Ancón, Ecuador *Ancón, a district of Peru *Ancón, a city in central Panama *Treaty of Ancón, signed by Peru and Chile on 20 October 1883 *Ancon, a United Kingdom company that manufactures steel products for the construction industry …   Wikipedia

  • District d'Ancón — Le dictrict d’Ancón est l’un des 43 districts de la province de Lima au Pérou. Il fut créé le 29 octobre 1874. Il s’agit d’une station balnéaire ancienne située à environ 40 kilomètres au nord du Centre historique de Lima et accessible par la… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Treaty of Ancón — The Treaty of Ancón was signed by Peru and Chile on 20 October 1883, in the Ancón District near Lima. It was intended to settle the two nations remaining territorial differences at the conclusion of their involvement in the War of the Pacific and …   Wikipedia

  • Puente Piedra District — Infobox District Peru district = Puente Piedra image size = image caption = cofarms = COA Puente Piedra District in Lima Province.png region = Lima province = Lima founded = February 14, 1927 capital = elevation = hamlets = ubigeo = 150125 pop =… …   Wikipedia

  • Lima District — For other uses, see Lima District (disambiguation). Lima   District   The Lima Cathedral …   Wikipedia

  • Miraflores District, Lima — Miraflores   District   Coat of arms …   Wikipedia

  • San Martín de Porres District — San Martín de Porres   District   Coat of arms …   Wikipedia

  • Chorrillos District — Chorrillos   District   Coat of arms …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”