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Nueva Palmira

Nueva Palmira is a city in Colonia Department in south-western Uruguay.LocationIt is located on the east bank of Uruguay River, about northwest of the departmental capital Colonia del Sacramento.HistoryA "Pueblo" named "Higueritas" was founded here on 26 October 1831 by Felipe Santiago Torres Leiva. Its status was elevated to "Villa" by the Act of Ley Nº 7.257 on 17 August 1920 and then to "Ciudad" by the Act of Ley Nº 11961 on 1 July 1953. The city got its name from the ancient city of Palmira in Syria .PopulationIn 2011 Nueva Palmira had a population of 9,857. Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de UruguayFeaturesNueva Palmira is considered the second most important commercial port in Uruguay after the Port of Montevideo and offers docking facility for yachts. There are several beaches along its shore, like Playa Higuerita, Playa Eolo, Playa Corbacho and Playa Los Vascos, while the northern end of the city, along the shore, is a resort called Balneario Brisas del Uruguay.Main streets and squaresThe main streets are General J.G. Artigas and fellipe Fontana, both running SE to NW, converge at the southeastern end of town and join with Ruta 21 towards Carmelo. The other main street, Chile, runs SW to NE and extends to Ruta 21 towards Dolores and Mercedes of Soriano Department.
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