See also: Gallego
Río Gallegos is a city Argentine of 92.814 people, capital of the province of Santa Cruz, located on the estuary of the river Río Gallegos, in the Département of Güer Aike of which it is also the chief town. The city is located at 20 meters with the top of the sea level and at 2.636 km of Buenos Aires.
HistoryJofré de Loaiza, the first European to discover the river in 1525, named it Río de San Idelfonso. The river took the name of Río Gallegos after its discovery in 1535 by the forwarding of Simón de Alcazaba.
In 1904, the importance of the city increased when it was indicated to be the capital of territory of Santa Cruz, in the place of Puerto Santa Cruz. The installation of important refrigerating, which treated the sheep and goat meat to export it in the United Kingdom gave an impulse to its growth.
The Argentinian president Nestor Kirchner, was intendant of Río Gallegos between 1987 and 1991.
SurroundingsThe city has an international airport which is the base of flights towards the the Antarctic.
To a few 20 km of the city, towards the Atlantic Ocean, is the port of Punta Loyola, which is the exit point of coal that one extracts with Río Turbio and of part of the oil extracted the southern basin.
A railroad connects it with Río Turbio, the principal extract range of Houille of the country until now (2005).
- the official site of the municipality of Río Gallegos
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