Chascomús

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Chascomús
Skyline of Chascomús
Chascomús is located in Argentina
Chascomús
Chascomús
Location in Buenos Aires Province
Coordinates: 35°34′30″S 58°00′32″W / 35.57500°S 58.00889°W / -35.57500; -58.00889Coordinates: 35°34′30″S 58°00′32″W / 35.57500°S 58.00889°W / -35.57500; -58.00889
Country  Argentina
Province Buenos Aires province flag.gif Buenos Aires
Partido Chascomús
Mayor Juan Alberto Gobbi
Founded May 30, 1779
Elevation 16 m (52 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 42,277
CPA Base B 7130
Area code(s) +54 2241

Chascomús, is the principal city in Chascomús Partido in eastern Buenos Aires Province in eastern Argentina, located 123 km (76 mi) south of the capital Buenos Aires. In 2001, the city had a population of 30,670.

History[edit]

The city was founded as a fort (the Fortín de San Juan Bautista) on May 30, 1779, by Captain Pedro Nicolás Escribano, head of the Blandengues Cavalry. The city was the site of an 1839 rebellion against the dictatorial regime of Governor Juan Manuel de Rosas; the uprising, known as the Libres del Sur ("Freemen of the South") ended in defeat following a battle on November 7. The Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway line arrived at the town in 1865, and Chascomús was recognized as a city and department by the Provincial Legislature in 1873.

People[edit]

Argentine president Raúl Ricardo Alfonsín was born in the city. Other natives include Argentine professional tennis player Carlos Berlocq, and the cyclists Juan José Haedo and Lucas Sebastián Haedo.

Railway station (1875)
Railway station (2007)
Lake Chascomús

External links[edit]

Municipal information: Municipal Affairs Federal Institute (IFAM), Municipal Affairs Secretariat, Ministry of Interior, Argentina. (Spanish)