Río Branco, Uruguay
Baron of Mauá International Bridge over Yaguarón River
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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
Places of worship
- "Statistics of urban localities (1908–2004)" (PDF). INE. 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
- "LEY N° 11.963". República Oriental del Uruguay, Poder Legislativo. 1953. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
- "Censos 2011 Cuadros Cerro Largo". INE. 2012. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
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