Grand Bourg

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For the commune on the island of Marie-Galante in Guadeloupe, see Grand-Bourg.
Grand Bourg
Grand Bourg is located in Greater Buenos Aires
Grand Bourg
Grand Bourg
Location in Greater Buenos Aires
Coordinates: 34°29′S 58°43′W / 34.483°S 58.717°W / -34.483; -58.717Coordinates: 34°29′S 58°43′W / 34.483°S 58.717°W / -34.483; -58.717
Country  Argentina
Province Buenos Aires province flag.png Buenos Aires
Partido Malvinas Argentinas
Elevation 18 m (59 ft)
Population (2001 census [INDEC])
 • Total 85,189
CPA Base B 1615
Area code(s) +54 02320

Grand Bourg is a town in Malvinas Argentinas Partido, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. It forms part of the Greater Buenos Aires agglomeration.

Toponymy[edit]

Grand Bourg is named after the French commune of Grand-Bourg, where the leader of the Argentine War of Independence, General José de San Martín, lived in exile.

History[edit]

The location belonged to the 19th century estancias of Juan Andrés de Cabo and Pastor Parra. Orchards and dairy farms thus predominated until, in 1948, the first lots were sold by the G.C. Grosso real estate company along the Belgrano North Railway Line. A stop was opened at the site in 1951, followed by a station in 1956. Known initially as Primero de Mayo, the station and town were renamed Grand Bourg in 1959.

The town became a significant manufacturing center in subsequent decades. The city cemetery was the site of one of the largest mass graves found in the aftermath of Argentina's Dirty War of the late 1970s; over three hundred cadavers thus buried were located at the cemetery in 1984.[1]

Grand Bourg was declared a city by the Provincial Legislature on November 28, 1985.

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