Diego de Almagro, Chile

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Diego de Almagro
City and Commune
Diego de Almagro town hall
Diego de Almagro town hall
Coat of arms of Diego de Almagro
Coat of arms
Country  Chile
Region Atacama
Province Chañaral
Comuna since 19 August 1972
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Alcalde Isaías Zavala Torres
Area[2]
 • Total 18,663.8 km2 (7,206.1 sq mi)
Population (2002 Census)[2]
 • Total 18,589
 • Density 1.00/km2 (2.6/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Dieguino
Time zone CLT (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC−3)
Area code(s) 56 + 52
Climate BWn
Website Official website

Diego de Almagro is a small Chilean city and commune in the Chañaral Province, Atacama Region. The commune is named after Diego de Almagro, a Spanish conquistador.

Its inhabitants are called dieguinos (women: dieguinas).

History[change | change source]

The commune was created on 19 August 1972 with the name of Pueblo Hundido but its name was changed on 13 April 1977 to the present name of Diego de Almagro.[3]

Geography[change | change source]

The commune of Diego de Almagro has an area of 18,663.8 km2 (7,206.1 sq mi).[2] The city of Diego de Almagro is at 70 km (43 mi) from Chañaral (capital of the province and at 149 km (93 mi) from the city of Copiapó (capital of the Atacama region).

The commune is bordered on the north by the Antofagasta region, on the east by Argentina, on the south by the Copiapó province and on the west by the Chañaral commune.

Diego de Almagro has a very dry climate, a desert climate. The average amount of precipitation for the year, during 10 years, is only 7.3 mm (0.3 in).[4]

Population[change | change source]

As of 2002 (last national census), there were 18,589 people living in the commune, giving it a population density of 1.0 inhabitants/km².[2]

The largest town of the commune is Salvador, a mining town, with a population, in 2002, of 9,745 inhabitants. The town of Diego de Almagro has 8,192 inhabitants.[2]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Alcalde" (in Spanish). Municipalidad de Diego de Almagro. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Región de Atacama" (PDF). Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  3. "Decreto ley 1758 de 1977: Sustituye denominación del pueblo y comuna de "Pueblo Hundido" por la de "Diego de Almagro"" (in Spanish). Ministerio del Interior y Seguridad Pública de Chile. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  4. Lloyd, John W. (March-April 1974). "The Hydrogeology and Utilization of Brines in El Salado, Chile" (PDF). Ground Water 12 (2): 72-77. http://info.ngwa.org/GWOL/pdf/741000475.PDF. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 

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