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Talca is a city and commune in Chile, and is the capital of both Talca Province and Maule Region (7th Region of Chile).

The city was founded as San Agustin de Talca in 1742 by Jose Antonio Manso de Velasco. It was partially destroyed by earthquakes in 1742 and 1928, being rebuilt both times. It sits near the epicenter of the 2010, magnitude 8.8 earthquake and suffered severe shaking causing the collapse of much of the historic town centre. The city played a role in Chile's independence; it was the home of Mgr. Jose Ignacio Cienfuegos, and was the site Bernardo O'Higgins' proclamation of Chilean independence in 1818.

The city is an important economic center, with agricultural (wheat) and manufacturing activities, as well as wine production. It is also the location of the Universidad de Talca and the Catholic University of Maule, among others. The Catholic Church of Talca has held a prominent role in the history of Chile.

The inhabitants of Talca have a saying, Talca, Paris & London, born from a hat shop which had placed a ribbon stating that it had branches in Paris and London. The shop was owned by a French immigrant named Jean-Pierre Lagarde.

Geography and climate

Talca is located 250 km south of Santiago, south of the confluence of the rivers Lircay and Claro, in the Central Valley. The city is bisected by the Pan-American Highway.


Talca has a Mediterranean climate with dry summers and wet winters. Average annual rainfall is 749 mm and the annual temperature average is 13 C.

See also

Maule River

Descabezado Grande

Radal Siete Tazas National Reserve

Altos de Lircay National Reserve

External links

Urban Umbrella Architectural Exhibition

Talca's Gate

El aMaule

La Prensa

El Centro


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