San Pedro

      main unit of the Port of Los Angeles (the other units are Wilmington and Terminal Island), southern California, U.S. The port is situated on the southeastern slopes of Palos Verdes Peninsula, overlooking Los Angeles Harbor (a section of San Pedro Bay) from the west.

      San Pedro's recorded history dates from 1542, when its open roadstead, bordered by mud flats, was traveled by the Spanish explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo (Cabrillo, Juan Rodríguez). Laid out in 1882 and incorporated as a city in 1888, San Pedro, despite its shallow waters, soon became a port. After it was annexed with adjacent Wilmington (originally New San Pedro) by Los Angeles in 1909, work began in earnest to deepen and transform its roadstead by dredging into one of the world's largest man-made harbours. Breakwaters were extended and terminals built, and modern port facilities now handle much of the harbour commerce. Along its waterfront are shipyards, dry docks, fish canneries, and oil refineries, as well as a memorial to the merchant marines. Los Angeles Air Force Base and Cabrillo Beach (with a notable marine aquarium) are on Point Fermin at the peninsula's southern tip. Also on Point Fermin is Fort MacArthur, once an extensive military reservation; part of it now supports the Los Angeles air base, and it houses a museum with exhibits on Los Angeles's harbour defenses and the role of Los Angeles during wartime. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum contains displays of the port's history and ship models.

Mexico
in full  San Pedro de las Colonias  

      city, southwestern Coahuila estado (state), northeastern Mexico. It is located on one of the irrigation canals of the Nazas River, near the swampy Mayrán Lagoon. San Pedro lies 3,619 feet (1,103 m) above sea level and is located 35 miles (60 km) by highway northeast of Torreón. In the vast surrounding farmlands, referred to as the Laguna District, cotton, cereals (especially wheat), grapes, fruits, and vegetables are cultivated. Poultry raising is also important. Industrial activities include cotton ginning, flour milling, vegetable-oil distilling, and tanning. Goods are exported by railroad and highway. Pop. (2000) 41,642.

      town, central Paraguay. It lies in the lowlands between the Jejui Guazú and Paraguay rivers. San Pedro was founded in 1786 and lies in a well-watered lowland of savanna and forest whose streams drain westward into the Paraguay River. It is the commercial and manufacturing centre for this area, which produces lumber and cattle and is one of Paraguay's principal producers of maté (tea). Sawmills and plants for extracting fruit oil are located in the town itself. Most transportation in the region is by river, but roads connect San Pedro and other towns with Asunción. Pop. (2002) urban area, 7,927.

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