Río Branco, Uruguay
- For other uses, see Rio Branco (disambiguation)
Baron of Mauá International Bridge over Yaguarón River
|Department||Cerro Largo Department|
|Time zone||UTC -3|
|Dial plan||+598 4675 (+4 digits)|
The words Rio Branco mean "white river" in Portuguese. However, the name does not refer to any local river; it is a tribute to Brazilian diplomat José Paranhos, Baron of Rio Branco, who negotiated the definitive borders of Brazil and Uruguay. Hence the Portuguese name, instead of Spanish Río Blanco (although the city's name has an acute accent on the first word that is required in Spanish, but absent from the Portuguese spelling).
It is located at the east end of Route 26, about 86 kilometres (53 mi) east-southeast of the department capital city of Melo.
The Yaguarón River (Portuguese: Rio Jaguarão), which forms the natural border with Brazil, flows along the city's northern limits. Right across the river lies the Brazilian town of Jaguarão, with the Baron of Mauá International Bridge joining the two cities.
In 2011, Río Branco had a population of 14,604.
Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay
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