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Introduction:

Montevideo, founded by the Spanish in 1726 as a military stronghold, soon took advantage of its natural harbor to become an important commercial center. Claimed by Argentina but annexed by Brazil in 1821, Uruguay declared its independence four years later and secured its freedom in 1828 after a three-year struggle. The administrations of President Jose Batlle in the early 20th century launched widespread political, social, and economic reforms that established a statist tradition.

A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement named the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to cede control of the government to the military in 1973. By yearend, the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold over the government. Civilian rule was restored in 1985.

In 2004, the left-of-center Frente Amplio Coalition won national elections that effectively ended 170 years of political control previously held by the Colorado and National (Blanco) parties. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.

 

Uruguay Flag
Flag

Uruguay Emblem
Emblem

Quick Facts

Population:
3,369,299 (July 2018 est.)

Map Reference:
South America
Area:
total= 176,215 sq km

Government:
Constitutional Republic
Capital:
Montevideo

Internet Code:
.uy

Airports:
133 (2013)

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Uruguay Locater
Locater

Uruguay Map
Map

Astronaut Image

Astronaut Image
URUGUAY
Mission/Frame: ISS023-E-30385
Spacecraft Altitude: 188 nautical miles (348 km)
Features:
MONTEVIDEO, RIO DE LA PLATA, AGR.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Source: CIA The World Factbook

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