Machagai

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Machagai
Town
Machagai is located in Argentina
Machagai
Machagai
Location in Argentina
Coordinates: 26°55′S 60°02′W / 26.917°S 60.033°W / -26.917; -60.033Coordinates: 26°55′S 60°02′W / 26.917°S 60.033°W / -26.917; -60.033
Country  Argentina
Province Flag of Chaco province in Argentina 2007.gif Chaco
Department Veinticinco de Mayo
1st level Municipality Machagai
Elevation 83 m (272 ft)
Population (2001 census [INDEC])
 • Total 28,070
CPA Base H 3534
Area code(s) +54 3734
Climate Cfa

Machagai (Spanish pronunciation: [matʃaˈɣai]) is a city in Chaco Province, Argentina. It is the head town of the Veinticinco de Mayo Department.

Toponimy[edit]

In the Qom language "Machagai" means "lowland", referring to its geographical features as a slope near rivers like the Bermejo and Paraná.

History[edit]

Native Argentines like the Qom people used to wander through the area, giving the place its name. After the end of the Argentine Civil War, the government turned its attention to scarcely populated regions of the country like Patagonia and Chaco, and started to promote the arrival of immigrants to populate and strengthen them. The province of Chaco was one of the most transformed by this wave of immigration.[1] In 1909 the first Serbian immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire came to Machagai and founded their agricultural colonies, in 1921 by State decree it was promoted to the category of town. Until the mid 20th century, Machagai continued to receive immigrants from Yugoslavia and Spain.

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External links[edit]

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