Colonia del Sacramento


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Colonia del Sacramento

(kōlō`nyä thĕl säk'rämān`tō), city (1996 pop. 21,744), capital of Colonia dept., S Uruguay, on the Río de la Plata. It is a resort city, a port, and the trade center for a rich agricultural region. The city, founded by the Portuguese in 1680, was bitterly contested before being ultimately secured by the Spanish. Colonia has many fine examples of colonial architecture.
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay Colonia overlooks the River Plate, which separates Uruguay and Argentina.
Despite this, various rabbis and tourists recently visiting the town of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay have pointed to a mikveh dating back as far as the early 1700s as proof of an old Jewish community there.
On February 10, 1763, as a result of the Paris Treaty, Spain returned the nearby mainland town of Colonia del Sacramento to Portugal, but it did not return the island.