Uruguay

Ashlyn Beech

Geography

Uruguay's bordered by Argentina, Brazil and the Atlantic Ocean. The country's landscape is made up mostly of rolling plains and low hill ranges with a fertile costal lowland.

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Major Cities

  • Montevideo
  • Paysandu
  • Las Piedras
  • Tacuarembó
  • Maldonado
  • Rivera

Landmarks

Economy

Uruguay's monetary unit is the Uruguayan peso. 1 Uruguayan peso is equal to 0.034 US dollars ($0.04).

Language

The languages spoken are Spanish, English, French, Italian, and Portunal (the Portuguese and Spanish language combined).

Food

Uruguay is famous for their meats. These include: chorizo, chitterlings, sweet bread, chicken, baby goat (chivito), morchilla, and milanesa.


Some of the foods are: Milanesas (a sandwich), Monte Cristo (a sandwich), Milanesa Napolitana (a sandwich), chivitos (steak sandwich), puchero (a thick, rich soup), pascualina (a type of pie), beef, empanadas, pizza, gnocchi (type of pasta), and pancho (hot dogs).

Famous People from Uruguay

  1. Luis Suarez: soccer player- He's the striker for the Uruguayan soccer team. He's competed in many famous matches including the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups and the 2012 Summer Olympics.
  2. Gabe Saporta: singer- He's a pop singer for the famous band Cobra Starships.
  3. Horacio Quiroga: writer- He's a playwright, poet, and short story writer.

Music

In Uruguay, the traditional music genres are murga, candombe, and milonga. Some of the musical instruments they use are Candombe drums, Oopoochawa, and Yerbomatofono.

Seasons/Climate

  • spring- damp, cool, and windy
  • summer- warm
  • autumn- mild
  • winter- chilly and uncomfortably damp

Sports

  • fútbol (soccer)
  • basketball
  • rugby union
  • tennis
  • motorsport

Religion- Roman Catholic (approximately 47%)

History

The indigenous people are the Charra. Fun (and weird) Fact: they used skulls as celebratory drinking cups.


Portuguese the region of Uruguay in 1512. The Spanish arrived in Uruguay in 1516. With the indigenous people resisting conquest and the lack of gold/silver, it was difficult for them to settle between the 16th and 17th centuries. The first permanent Spanish settlement was founded in 1624. Spanish colonization increased as Spain tried to limit Portugal's expansion of Brazil's frontiers.


Jose Gervasio Artigas led the country in a revolt against Spain in 1811. They declared independence on August 25, 1825. In 1828, the Treaty of Montevideo gave Uruguay its independence. The nation's first constitution was adopted on July 18, 1830.

Indigenous Group

The indigenous people are the Charra. They are extinct. They were killed by a genocide, organized by Uruguay's first president (Fructuoso River).

Natural Resources

  • land
  • hydropower
  • minor minerals
  • minerals
  • petroleum

Exportations

  • beef
  • beef products
  • rice
  • dairy

Government- Uruguay is a democratic republic. The president is the head of the state and the government.

Tourist Places

  1. Punta Del Este- The city is known for its beaches and nightlife. If you want to get a little sun, a nice tan, and have tons of fun, this is the place to go. It also includes an incredible piece of art called Mano de Punta del Este in Brava Beach.
  2. Punta Del Diablo- It's a beautiful small town, but during the summer, the town is overflowing with many interesting people. Like Punta Del Este, it has a gorgeous beach.
  3. Museo Torres Garcia- Located in the capital city, Montevideo, the stunning museum has an art gallery and a theatre.
  4. Artigas Mausoleum- Located in the Plaza Independencia, in Montevideo, is a monument of Jose Artigas, a national hero of Uruguay.
  5. National Museum of Visual Arts- Located in Montevideo, the museum has the largest collection of Uruguayan artist artwork. It is full of contemporary art.

Bibliography

  • Uruguay fact sheet from last year
  • wikipedia