San Carlos, Uruguay
|• Mayor (Alcalde)||Gregorio Quintana (Broad Front)|
|Elevation||24 m (79 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC -3|
|Dial plan||+598 42 (+6 digits)|
San Carlos is also the name of the municipality to which the city belongs. It includes the following zones: San Carlos, El Tesoro, La Barra, Edén Rock, El Chorro, Manantiales, Balneario Buenos Aires, Punta Piedras, Santa Mónica, San Vicente, El Edén, Paso de la Cantera, Las Cañas, Carapé, Mataojo, Guardia Vieja, Pago de la Paja, Partido Norte, Partido Oeste, Cañada Bellaca, Corte de la Leña, Punta del Campanera, Puntas de Mataojo, Laguna José Ignacio.
Location and geography
The city is located on Route 39, 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) south of its intersection with Route 9 and about 13.5 kilometres (8.4 mi) north of the center of the department capital city of Maldonado. The stream Arroyo San Carlos flows along the east limits of the city and the park and neighbourhood of Parque Medina is situated across it.
It was founded on October 1763 by the Spanish Governor Pedro Antonio de Cevallos, to discourage the foundation of Portuguese settlements in the region. Its name is originated from that of the King of Spain at the time, Charles III.
It had acquired the status of "Villa" (town) before the Independence of Uruguay, which was elevated to "Ciudad" (city) on 18 December 1929 by the Act of Ley Nº 8.559.
In 2011, San Carlos had a population of 27,471. This makes it the second largest city in Maldonado Department after the capital city of Maldonado. According to the Intendencia Departamnetal de Maldonado, the municipality of San Carlos has a population of 27,000.
Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay
It is considered to be the agropecuarian centre of the region.
Places of worship
- Parish Church of St. Charles Borromeo (Roman Catholic)
- Parish Church of St. Pius X (Roman Catholic)
- San Carlos Ward LDS (Mormon)
- Luis Barrios Tassano, lawyer and politician
- Manuel Basilio Bustamante, interim President
- Cayetano Alberto Silva, musician
- Mariano Soler, first Archbishop of Montevideo
- Francisco Antonino Vidal, President
- Marta Albertini, actress
- Leonardo Olivera, military officer
- Matías Britos, footballer
- Darío Pérez Brito, physician and politician
- Óscar de los Santos, politician
- Ruperto Elichiribehety, navy officer
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