Mercedes

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Mercedes

(mĕrsā`thēs), city (1996 pop. 39,139), capital of Soriano dept., SW Uruguay, a port on the Río Negro. An agricultural and livestock center, the city has a shipyard and several fine beaches and resorts. Tourism is an important industry. Mercedes was founded in 1781. It has a famous cathedral.
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Mercedes

 

a city in Argentina, in the province of Buenos Aires. Population, 26,000 (1960). It is a railroad junction. Mercedes is one of Argentina’s leading centers for the production of refined lead.


Mercedes

 

a city in southwestern Uruguay and the capital of the department of Soriano. Population, 31,300 (1963). It is a port on the Negro River, where freight from ocean vessels is transferred to river boats. Mercedes is linked by railroad with Montevideo. It is the trade center of a livestock-raising region. The city has shipyards and is a climatic health resort.

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