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Artigas

Artigas, department in northwestern Uruguay, 4,689 square miles in area with 69,200 inhabitants. Founded in 1852 on the bases of the settlement of San Eugenio, the city of Artigas has 35,120 inhabitants (1985). Located on the Quaraí River, it is the provincial capital. The region produces beef, hides, wool, and wheat, and entertains active trade exchanges with neighboring Brazil. The department is named after José Artigas (1764–1850), who fought in the independence movement and against the centralization efforts of Buenos Aires in the postindependence era.

See alsoUruguay, Geographyxml .

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Galván, Gloria, Antonio De la Peña, and Juan José Píriz. Artigas. Montevideo, Uruguay: Editorial Fin de Siglo, 1998.

Grupo Interdisciplinario de Economía de la Energía. Artigas: Economía del departamento: Análisis y perspectivas al año 2010. Montevideo, Uruguay: Convenio Unión Trabajadores de la Educación, Universidad de la República, 1996.

                                        CÉsar N. Caviedes

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