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Caserios-(hut dwellings) are formed when visitors migrate through doing temporary work or exploration. Puerto Inirida was a caserío when my father Rudecindo Devia Cruz arrived in 1967 and was one of its founders.
Pueblo- (town) refers to an established community that keeps growing.
Cuidad- (city) A large sized population that is managed by authorities. Villavicencio is the city known as “the door/entrance to the llano”.
Territorio- territory or expansion of land that becomes populated.
Intendencia and Comisarias- (intendancies/parcels and commissaries/precincts) are minor divisions organized in the llano and in the jungle/forest made up of dispersed population without sufficient means for communication and less economic participation. The collaboration and contribution of the intendéncia and comisaría is important so that they can become recognized as a department of Colombia thus benefiting from the social and economic support. Casanáre was segregated by the Department of Boyacá on 05/15/1974 and created as an intendéncia of the llanos. Arauca, was also an intendéncia. Vichada and Guainía were comisarías. In the Amazonian region at one time there were: the Intendencía of El Caquetá and El Putumayo; and La Comisaría del Guainía, del Guaviare, and del Vaupes.
Department- Department/(full fledged state) recognized by the government as an entity of major important contributions offered by their economy, culture, and population. Today there are no intendéncias nor comisarías; they are all “departamentos (states)” and a reason to celebrate.
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