Place:Uruguay

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NameUruguay
Alt namesEastern Republic of Uruguaysource: Wikipedia
La Banda Orientalsource: Cambridge World Gazetteer (1990) p 677-678
Oriental Republic of Uruguaysource: Cambridge World Gazetteer (1990) p 677-678; NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (1996-1998)
República Oriental del Uruguaysource: Britannica Book of the Year (1991) p 729; Britannica Book of the Year (1993) p 745
República Oriental del Uruguaysource: Wikipedia
Uruguaisource: Rand McNally Atlas (1989) p 344
TypeCountry
Coordinates34.183°S 58.25°W
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Uruguay , officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay or the Eastern Republic of Uruguay or the Republic East of the Uruguay (River), is a country in the southeastern region of South America. It is bordered by Argentina to its west and Brazil to its north and east, with the Atlantic Ocean to the south and southeast. Uruguay is home to 3.3 million people,[1] of whom 1.8 million live in the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Montevideo. With an area of approximately , Uruguay is geographically the second-smallest nation in South America after Suriname.

Uruguay remained largely uninhabited until the establishment of Colonia del Sacramento, one of the oldest European settlements in the country, by the Portuguese in 1680. Montevideo was founded as a military stronghold by the Spanish in the early 18th century, signifying the competing claims over the region. Uruguay won its independence between 1811 and 1828, following a four-way struggle between Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Brazil. It remained subjected to foreign influence and intervention throughout the 19th century, with the military playing a recurring role in domestic politics until the late 20th century. Modern Uruguay is a democratic constitutional republic, with a president who serves as both head of state and head of government. It frequently ranks as one of the most developed and prosperous countries in Latin America.

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