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Carmen de Patagones is the southernmost city in the .

Geography

It is located 937 km from the city of Buenos Airesmarker, on the north bank of the Negro Rivermarker, near the Atlantic Oceanmarker, opposite Viedmamarker, capital of the province of R√≠o Negromarker. The city is the capital of the Patagones Partido, the only administrative division of Buenos Aires Province that lies within Patagonia.

History

The town was founded in 1779 by Francisco de Viedma, a top member of a Spanish expedition which was intended to colonize the Patagonia's shores.

In the 19th century, Carmen de Patagones had a fort, and after the May Revolution, it became a prison for royalists (Spaniards and pro-Spanish locals against the independentist movement).

Later, during the Argentina-Brazil War (1825‚Äď1828), the town became a naval base, since the main Argentine safe harbour, the estuary of the R√≠o de la Platamarker, had been blocked by Brazilian ships. The Brazilian troops attempted to take Carmen de Patagones, but they were repelled by the civilians on 7 March 1827; this date is still commemorated with a festival in the city.

References

The bridge linking Carmen de Patagones with Viedma



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