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Posadas, Misiones

Posadas is the capital city of the Argentine province of Misiones, located at the south of the province, on the left-hand (western) shore of the Parana River, opposite Encarnacion, Paraguay. The city has an area of 965 km and a population of 255,052 .

Posadas is the provincial centre of the government, culture and economy. Furniture, tobacco, food, textile, and construction are the most important industries. Other important economical activities are the commerce and services.

Posadas is connected to the Paraguayan city of Encarnacion by the San Roque Gonzalez de Santa Cruz Bridge. The port, once of great economical importance, is used for sport vessels, carrier of passengers and some boats for sand transport. The city is located on National Route 12, some 1,300 kilometres from Buenos Aires. The General Jose de San Martin Airport , at coordinates , is 7 kilometres from the city, and serves regular flights to Buenos Aires.


Father Roque Gonzalez de Santa Cruz established a town called Anunciacion de Itapua on March 25, 1615, but ten years later the settlement was moved to the other side of the Parana River to the present location of Encarnacion, Paraguay.

The first settlement was not completely abandoned, and a new San Jose reduction was settled there in 1628. In 1867, during the War of the Triple Alliance, the Brazilians set up the Trinchera de San Jose military base there. Following the end of the war, Paraguay renounced all claims to the area, and in 1879, the town was renamed after Gervasio Antonio de Posadas, the Supreme Director of the Argentine Confederation (1814).

On December 22, 1881, the limits of the Misiones Federation were drawn, leaving Posadas within the territory of current Corrientes Province. On July 30, 1884 the National Congress decided to give Posadas to Misiones Province, and name it its capital. The National University of Misiones was established at Posadas in 1973, and in 1990, the city's cultural and economic links to Encarnacion were strengthened with the completion of the San Roque Gonzalez de Santa Cruz Bridge.

Celebrities born in Posadas

Jose Acasuso, tennis player

Alberto Mancini, tennis player

Daniel Vancsik, golf player

Mariano Messera, soccer player

External links

Municipality of Posadas - Official website.

Universidad Nacional de Misiones

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