Bahía Blanca

/bah ee"ah vlahng"kah/
a seaport in E Argentina. 220,765.

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      city and major port of Argentina, located near Blanca Bay of the Atlantic Ocean in the southwestern part of Buenos Aires provincia (province). The bay forms a natural harbour for the city, which is located 4 miles (6.5 km) upstream on the shallow Napostá Grande River.

      Explorers in the 18th century named the area Bahía Blanca (“White Bay”), but the settlement that grew up around a military outpost, established in 1828 as a protection against Indian attacks and foreign encroachments, was first known as Nueva Buenos Aires. It was chartered in 1895 as Bahía Blanca and developed as a commercial centre following the completion of the first rail connection with Buenos Aires in 1884. The city has several subsidiary ports with modern facilities for handling grains, meat, fruits, and petrochemicals from the southwestern Pampa and northern Patagonia. Puerto Belgrano serves as a naval base. The construction of a petrochemical complex was an important project of the late 1970s and early '80s.

      Bahía Blanca is the site of the National University of the South (1956; formerly a technical institute), the Bernardino Rivadavia Library, and various museums. The atmosphere of growth and commercialism that characterized early 20th-century Bahía Blanca inspired Roberto Payró to write Pago Chico (1908), a novel about the city. Pop. (2001) 274,509.

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