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Andacollo

Andacollo is a city and commune in the Elqui Province, Coquimbo Region, Chile.HistoryAndacollo is a copper and gold mining city located in the mountains of the Small North in Chile. It was founded in 1891.Several legends are told about the name of the city. Some say that it comes from the Quechua Anta-Goya which means cobre-reina . Others say that the name means "Hurry up, Collo" . According to these legends, La Virgen del Rosario, also known as la Virgen Morena, or Black Madonna, appeared to an indigenous miner called "Collo" in the form of a small wooden statuette hidden in rocks. The statue told the newly converted Collo to build up a church at the place where Andacollo is located today. As many miracles are attributed to the Dark Lady the city celebrates the Virgin every year on December 24 to 26.DemographicsAccording to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Andacollo had 10,288 inhabitants (5,148 men and 5,140 women). Of these, 9,444 (91.8%) lived in urban areas and 844 (8.2%) in rural areas. The population fell by 16% (1,958 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.AdministrationAs a commune, Andacollo is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years.
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