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Paysandú(pīsändo͞o`), city (1996 pop. 84,172), capital of Paysandú dept., W Uruguay, a port on the Uruguay River. It is Uruguay's third largest city and the commercial center for a rich stock-raising and farming district. In the city are meatpacking plants, breweries, flour mills, and textile plants. The harbor, one of the last navigable points on the river, is a major loading station. Paysandú was settled in 1772 by a missionary and his Christianized Native American followers.
a city in Uruguay and capital of Paysandú Department. Population, 60,000 (1967). Paysandú’s port, situated on the left bank of the Uruguay River, is accessible to oceangoing vessels. Linked by railroad and highway with Montevideo, the city has a meat-packing industry that produces canned and dried meats. It also has a shipyard and a fishing industry. Paysandú was founded in 1772.