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|Location of the Lambayeque region in Peru|
|See other Peruvian regions|
|President||Nery Enni Saldarriaga de Kroll (acting) (2008-)|
|Population (as of the 2005 Census)|
| Population |
|Subdivisions||3 provinces and 38 districts|
| Elevation |
0 m (coastal area)
3078 m (Incahuasi)
| 5°27' to 7°10' S |
79°08' to 80°37' W
|Main resources||Rice, sugar cane and fruit.|
|Percentage of country's GDP||3.89%|
Lambayeque is a region in northwestern Peru, known for its rich Chimú and Moche historical past. The region's name originates from the ancient pre-Inca civilization of the lambayeques.
The territory of the Lambayeque Region is made up by large plains irrigated by rivers from the Andes, in most of the area farming takes place due to the lack of water. However the valleys that are found in this area generate half of the sugar cane that is produced in Peru. In addithion Lambayeque and Piura provide most of the rice crops consumed in Peru. This agriculture output is possible by a reservoir called "Proyecto Olmos" which holds an annual amount of 2,050 millions of cubic meters of water.
In a smaller scale in the last centuries, the Olmos Carob Tree Forest held goat herds that were fed with the food of this tree. This gave rise to the leather, cordobanes and soap industry.
Legend tells that in ancient times, a great float of strange rafts arrived at the beaches of the existing San José cove. Formed by a brilliant cortege of foreign warriors, this float was led by a man of great talent and courage, named Naylamp, who founded a civilization.
The descendants are the builders of the great Chimú civilization, forged in Lambayeque before the Inca Empire. The Chimú grew to acquire a notable state parallel to the Inca. Yet, unlike the Incas, the Chimú moved their capital to more propitious and strategic zones, establishing great urban centers there. They were great farmers, textile experts and, wonderful goldsmiths, with extraordinary works in gold.
During Colonial times, a rivalry started between the people of Lambayeque and Santiago de Miraflores de Saña. The reason of the conflict was the opulence in which the latter lived, even provoking the greed of pirates. A flood in 1720, however, destroyed Saña and marked the end of a flourishing city.
The people of Lambayeque followed Juan Manuel Iturregui as their leader in the struggles for emancipation and independence from Spain. He spread the libertarian ideas and helped get arms for the cause.
Places of interest
- Sugar Production in Peru (Spanish)
- Rice Production in Peru (Spanish)
- Olmos Project Information
- Chiclayo map
- Museo Sipan - Spanish
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