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Vigo(vē`gō), city (1990 pop. 279,986), Pontevedra prov., NW Spain, in Galicia, on an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. A naval base and one of the most active ports of Spain, it has the country's most important fishing fleet. It also has shipyards, canneries, petroleum and sugar refineries, and various light industries. In 1702 a Franco-Spanish fleet, escorting galleons loaded with American gold and precious stones, was destroyed in the Bay of Vigo by the British and the Dutch; several galleons were sunk, and it is believed that much of the treasure is still at the bottom of the bay. The port was captured by the British in 1719.
a city in northwest Spain, in Galicia, in the province of Pontevedra. Population, 186,500(1967).
Vigo is a port on the Atlantic Ocean with a freight turnover of more than 600,000 tons. It is a major storage base for marine navigation and the most important fishing center in the country. (Approximately two-fifths of the tonnage of the country’s fishing fleet is concentrated in Vigo.) Vigo has a shipbuilding industry, which is mainly involved in the construction of fishing ships (up to 60 percent of the tonnage of the country’s fishing ships in 1967), an automobile industry (29 percent of Spain’s truck production), aluminum works, and a fish-canning industry.