Durazno Department

Durazno Department
Flag of Durazno Department
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Coat of arms of Durazno Department
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Durazno Department is located in Uruguay
Durazno Department
Location of Durazno Department and its capital
Coordinates (Durazno): 33°22′S 56°31′W / 33°22′S 56°31′W / -33.367; -56.517
Country Uruguay
Capital of DepartmentDurazno
Government
 • IntendantCarmelo Vidalín[1]
 • Ruling partyPartido Nacional
Area
 • Total11,643 km2 (4,495 sq mi)
Population
(2011 census)
 • Total57,088
 • Density4.9/km2 (13/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Duraznense
Time zoneUTC-3 (UYT)
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Durazno is a department of Uruguay. Its capital is Durazno. Its name means "peach" in Spanish, referring to the department's peaches and its status as an agricultural breadbasket.[citation needed] It is located in the centre of the country, and is bounded to the north by the Río Negro and the Río Yi to the South. To its north are the departments of Río Negro and Tacuarembó, to it southeast the departments of Treinta y Tres, to its south the departments of Flores and Florida, while on its east is the department of Cerro Largo.

History

In 1827, while the territory was under Portuguese dominion, the Portuguese asked their ally, General Fructuoso Rivera to establish a military body of cavalry and artillery in the area of Paso del Durazno on the banks of Río Yi. For this, the town of San Pedro del Durazno was founded, named after the regent of Brazil. In 1828 the department named "Entre Ríos Yí y Negro" was formed, which was soon after renamed to Durazno. When the First Constitution of Uruguay was signed in 1830, Durazno was one of the nine original departments of the Republic.

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