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Talca(täl`kä), city (1990 est. pop. 164,500), capital of Maule region, S central Chile, in the central valley of Chile between Santiago and Concepción. Chile's greatest wine-producing area, Talca is also one of its largest manufacturing centers, with distilleries, foundries, a tannery, and factories making matches, shoes, tobacco products, paper, and flour. Founded in 1692, Talca was prominent during colonial times. It was leveled by an earthquake in 1928, and has suffered significant damage from other earthquakes, most recently in 2010. At Talca on Feb. 12, 1818, Bernardo O'HigginsO'Higgins, Bernardo
, 1778–1842, South American revolutionary and ruler (1817–23) of Chile; illegitimate son of Ambrosio O'Higgins. He was chosen in 1813 to replace José Miguel Carrera as revolutionary leader.
..... Click the link for more information. formally proclaimed Chile's independence.
a city in Chile, in the Central Valley; capital of Talca Province. Population, 84,000 (1972). Talca, a railroad junction, also has an airport in the vicinity. It has paper mills, flour mills, distilleries, foundries, shoe factories, and a match factory. Biscuits and candy are also produced. Talca was founded in 1692.