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Quick City Overview: Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay (HD)

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Published on Sep 10, 2016

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Quick City Overview: Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay (HD)

Colonia del Sacramento, conocida en el medio local como Colonia, es la capital del departamento de Colonia, en el suroeste de Uruguay. Está ubicada en la ribera norte —izquierda— del Río de la Plata, a 177 kilómetros de Montevideo y frente a las costas de Buenos Aires, Argentina, de la que dista sólo unos 50 kilómetros. Se encuentra emplazada sobre el cabo que forman las puntas de San Pedro y Santa Rita. Su casco antiguo, el barrio histórico que comprende 12 hectáreas del extremo occidental de la ciudad, fue declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad en 1995 al ilustrar la fusión exitosa de los estilos portugués, español y post-colonial. El plano es de origen portugués y contrasta con el estándar que prescribía la ley española sobre las Indias Occidentales. Se caracteriza por sus calles angostas de piedra, que resaltan su tradición militar. Su proximidad con la ciudad de Buenos Aires la vincula fuertemente con ésta. Son numerosos los viajeros que llegan y parten con ese destino y también los habitantes de Buenos Aires que tienen propiedades en ella. Existe un proyecto para unir ambas márgenes a través de un puente binacional. La distancia entre ambas ciudades cruzando por el Puente Libertador General San Martín es de unos 500 kilómetros.

Colonia del Sacramento is a city in southwestern Uruguay, by the Río de la Plata, facing Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is one of the oldest towns in Uruguay and capital of the Colonia Department. It has a population of around 27,000. It is renowned for its historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Modern Colonia del Sacramento produces textiles and has a free trade zone, in addition to a polytechnic centre and various government buildings. Founded in 1680 by Portugal as Colónia do Sacramento, the colony was later disputed by the Spanish who settled on the opposite bank of the river at Buenos Aires. The colony was conquered by José de Garro in 1680, but returned to Portugal the next year. It was conquered again by the Spanish in March 1705 after a siege of five months, but given back in the Treaty of Utrecht. Another attack during the Spanish-Portuguese War, 1735-1737, failed. It kept changing hands from crown to crown due to treaties such as the Treaty of Madrid in 1750 and the Treaty of San Ildefonso in 1777, until it remained with the Spanish. It then transferred to Portuguese control again, being later incorporated into Brazil after 1816, when the entire Banda Oriental (Uruguay) was seized by the government of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves and renamed the Cisplatina province. On 10 January 1809, before the independence of Uruguay, it was designated as a "Villa" (town) and has since been elevated to the status of "Ciudad" (city). Since independence, Colonia del Sacramento has expanded to the north and east, but the original Barrio Histórico (historic quarter) retains its irregular, terrain-fitting street plan built by the Portuguese, contrasting with the wider, orthogonal calles in the newer Spanish area.

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