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Vicus was the most important culture of the region of Piura; it is known for the pottery and its fine goldsmith's art.

In 1532, Francisco Pizarro founded in the Tangarará valley, on the Chira banks, the first Spanish town and gave it the name San Miguel de Piura.

The principal region activities are the cotton culture and the oil exploitation. The multiple offer of tourist resources of the department concentrate its potential in two areas, the resources of the Sierra and the ones of the coast, attractive thanks to its natural sites, recreational, cultural and artistic.