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Uruguay

5.0 km (3.1 miles) ESE of Nuevo Berlín, Río Negro, Uruguay
Approx. altitude: 36 m (118 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 33°N 122°E

Accuracy: 11 m (36 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Welcome to the settlement of Nuevo Berlin #3: Rio Uruguay seen at Nuevo Berlin #4: An original piece of the Berlin-Wall at Nuevo Berlin #5: GPS #6: Pit on the walk to the confluence #7: Railroad tracks go near the confluence #8: View to the North #9: View to the West #10: Cactus near the confluence

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  33°S 58°W (visit #1)  

#1: View to the South

(visited by Captain Peter)

20-Sep-2002 -- Actually my ship is berthed at Nueva Palmira, in the Southwest of Uruguay.

Through my shipping Agent I had ordered a taxi for 8 a.m. today, and we began our trip from Nueva Palmira on the road 21 towards North. Passing Dolores, we arrived at Mercedes, where we crossed the Rio Negro and turned left into the Highway Nr. 2 in direction Argentina. Shortly after we turned right into the road 24, in direction Nuevo Berlin, a settlement founded by German immigrants.

At the Welcome I decided first to enter this small village, located directly on the Rio Uruguay. At the "Plaza" of Nuevo Berlin there is a small monument with a piece of the Berlin-Wall. The inscription on the plate reads:

"TROZO DEL MURO DE BERLIN,
ECHADO ABAJO EL 9.11.1989
SIMBOLO DEL ANSIA DE LIBERTAD
DEL HOMBRE.
LA CAMARA DE COMERCIO
URUGUAYO - ALEMANA
AL PUEBLO DE NUEVO BERLIN"

(Fragment of the Berlin Wall, put down on 9th Nov. 1989. Symbol for the longing of men for freedom. The Uruguayo-German Chamber of Commerce to the people of Nuevo Berlin)

Then it was time to go for the confluence. Mapquest puts the point directly on the road Nr. 21, but it is about 900 metres to the West of it. That meant that I had to walk a little bit over a field with just planted wheat, then I passed a pit and a railway track, and after a 300 metres or so I was there.

The confluence is located near a hacienda (farm), I enclose the views to the North, South, and to the West.

There is a cactea around, but it is not troublesome.

A few notes on Uruguay's history, as usual, when I first do visit a confluence in a country:

The Spaniards were not particularly interested to conquer the land East of the River Uruguay. On the one side the Indios were defending it, and on the other side the country did not seem to be profitable. There was no gold and no silver or other valuable minerals. But finally the country then became part of the Vice-Kingdom of the Río de la Plata. 1811-14 Uruguay joined the war for independence from Spain. From 1817 it was a Province of the Empire of Brazil. With the help of Argentina Uruguay seceeded from Brazil in 1825 and in 1828, in the "Peace Treaty of Rio de Janeiro" it became independent. At the beginning of the 20th century Uruguay - due its economical and political stability - was called "Switzerland of South America". Under President José Batille y Ordóñez an exemeplary social and health-care system was introduced. Uruguay's economy was florishing. This changed at the beginning of the 70-ies, mainly due to the increase of the petrol price. Further the value for the country's products dropped on world market, especially beef-meat.

The consequence were high governmental debts and a tremendous rate of inflation. In 1973 the army took the power. Uruguay became one of the most repressive dictatorships of the world.

In 1984 free democratic elections took place again and the situation improved considerably.


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#1: View to the South
#2: Welcome to the settlement of Nuevo Berlin
#3: Rio Uruguay seen at Nuevo Berlin
#4: An original piece of the Berlin-Wall at Nuevo Berlin
#5: GPS
#6: Pit on the walk to the confluence
#7: Railroad tracks go near the confluence
#8: View to the North
#9: View to the West
#10: Cactus near the confluence
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