San Lorenzo, Santa Fe

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San Lorenzo
City
Avenida del Combate, San Lorenzo.jpg
San Lorenzo is located in Argentina
San Lorenzo
San Lorenzo
Location of San Lorenzo in Argentina
Coordinates: 32°45′S 60°44′W / 32.750°S 60.733°W / -32.750; -60.733Coordinates: 32°45′S 60°44′W / 32.750°S 60.733°W / -32.750; -60.733
Country Argentina
Province Santa Fe
Department San Lorenzo
Government
 • Mayor Leonardo Raimundo (Justicialist Party)
Area
 • Total 39 km2 (15 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 159.184 hab.[1]
Time zone ART (UTC-3)
CPA base S2200
Dialing code +54 3476

San Lorenzo is a city in the south of the province of Santa Fe, Argentina, located 23 km north of Rosario, on the western shore of the Paraná River, and forming one end of the Greater Rosario metropolitan area. It is the head town of the San Lorenzo Department, and it has about 43,500 inhabitants according to the 2001 census [INDEC].

The area is located at the end of the Industrial Corridor of the Argentine littoral, and hosts processing industries (edible oil, flour), as well as ceramics factories and petrochemical plants. San Lorenzo's port and that of nearby Puerto General San Martín are among the largest export outlets in Argentina for primary products (soybean, wheat, maize, etc.).

San Lorenzo has no certain foundation date, but the Municipal Council decided, in 1984, to settle on 6 May 1796, the date when Franciscan friars came and started the evangelization of the area.

The city was the stage of the Battle of San Lorenzo on 3 February 1813, where troops loyal to the Spanish Crown were defeated by local revolutionaries under General José de San Martín. The 18th century San Carlos Monastery has a museum devoted to this battle, the first in the Argentine War of Independence, It is also the birthplace of Argentina captain Javier Mascherano.

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In Spanish unless otherwise noted.