San Salvador, Entre Ríos

San Salvador, Entre Ríos

San Salvador is a city in the province of Entre Ríos, Argentina. It has 11,626 inhabitants per the census-ar|2001, and is the head town of the San Salvador Department. It is located on the center-east of the province, by National Route 18, about 48 km west of the Uruguay River and 195 km east from the provincial capital Paraná.

The town was founded on 25 December 1889 by the lawyer Miguel Malarín. The focal point of the settlement was the Malarín family home, called Villa Aurora, after the mother of the founder, Aurora Saint-Sauveur. The name of the town was also a homage to her, as "San Salvador" is the Spanish literal translation of the French surname "Saint-Sauveur".

Colonists brought agriculture to the area (wheat, linseed, corn, sunflower, and later sorghum). Rice crops were planted first in 1932 and became popular, spreading to the whole province. The San Salvador Department has rice as its traditional crop, and the city of San Salvador is now known as the National Capital of Rice. The area also hosts industries producing truck chassis, agricultural machines, aluminium works, pumps, and rice mills.


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