Talcahuano

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Talcahuano
City and Commune
The Huáscar monitor
Map of Talcahuano in Biobío Region
Map of Talcahuano in Biobío Region
Coordinates (city): 36°43′S 73°07′W / 36.717°S 73.117°W / -36.717; -73.117Coordinates: 36°43′S 73°07′W / 36.717°S 73.117°W / -36.717; -73.117
Country Chile
Region Biobío
Province Concepción
Government[1][2]
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Gastón Saavedra Chandía (Ind.)
Area[3]
 • Total 145.8 km2 (56.3 sq mi)
Population (2002 Census)[3]
 • Total 250,348
 • Density 1,717.1/km2 (4,447.2/sq mi)
 • Urban 248,964
 • Rural 1,384
Sex[3]
 • Men 121,778
 • Women 128,570
Time zone CLT (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC−3)
Area code(s) 56 + 41

Talcahuano is a commune, city and port in Chile with 171.383 inhabitants and an area of 92.3 square kilometres, all according to the census on 2002. Additionally, this city is known like the first militar, industrial and fishing port in the history of Chile.

History[change | edit source]

Talcahuano was declared and founded on 1764 like a port city by Antonio Guill y Gonzaga. This city and the port was well known by some American whaleships on 19th century.

Etimology[change | edit source]

The name Talcahuano comes from Talcahueñu, in honor to the Araucanian chief when Spaniards came to the zone. Talcahueñu also means Thundering Sky on mapudungun language.

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References[change | edit source]

  1. (Spanish) "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades". http://www.talcahuano.cl/. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  2. (Spanish) "Municipality of Talcahuano". http://www.talcahuano.cl/. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 (Spanish) "National Statistics Institute". http://www.ine.cl/canales/chile_estadistico/censos_poblacion_vivienda/censo_pobl_vivi.php. Retrieved 13 December 2010.

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