Place:Maldonado, Uruguay


Alt namesMaldonadosource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Coordinates34.667°S 54.917°W
Located inUruguay
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The Maldonado Department, with an area of and 190,500 inhabitants, is located to the southeast of Uruguay. Its capital is Maldonado.


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The origin of its name can be traced back to the year 1530, with the return to Spain of Sebastian Cabot, who had left the continent earlier that year, in January, leaving Lieutenant Francisco Maldonado near Maldonado's bay. The strategic importance of that bay led to the decision by Montevideo's governor Joaquin de Viana to build a settlement in Portezuelo (near the Laguna del Diario) in 1755. Two years later, in 1757, a civil and military settlement was founded around the bay and in the neighbouring Gorriti Island. Other settlements soon followed in the area, with the intention of limiting the Portuguese expansion. In 1828, the department of Maldonado was created, containing as well the territories now belonging to the department of Rocha, and most of Lavalleja.

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