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Río Branco is a city in the department of Cerro Largo, Uruguay,
Location and population
It is situated across the Yaguarón/Jaguarão River from the Brazilian city of Jaguarão. An international bridge links the two.
Population: 13,456 (2004 census).
Name and history
Rio Branco is unusual for having a Portuguese name in a Spanish-speaking country. (The name means "white river" and would be Río Blanco in Spanish.)
Named after Brazilian diplomat
This is because the city is not named after any actual river, but as a tribute to the Brazilian diplomat Barão do Rio Branco, who negotiated the definitive borders of Brazil and Uruguay.
Coordinates: 32°034′S 53°025′W / 32.567°S 53.417°W