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Durazno is the capital city of the department of Durazno in Uruguay. Durazno is characterized by being the most central city of Uruguay. It has a population of more than 30 thousand inhabitants. In the past it was the capital of Uruguay, today it is Montevideo.LocationThe city is located at the intersection of Routes 5 and 41, in the south of the department, close to the borders with the departments of Flores to the southwest and Florida to the southeast. It is only northeast of the city of Trinidad, capital of Flores department.GeographyDurazno is situated on the south banks of the Yi River, a tributary to the Río Negro River. Just across the river, is located the Santa Bernardina International Airport.HistoryThe town was founded on 12 October 1821, under the name of San Pedro del Durazno, as a homage to Brazilian Emperor Pedro I, at a time when the territory of present-day Uruguay had been annexed to Brazil as the Cisplatine Province. It had acquired the status of villa (town) before the independence of Uruguay. On 13 July 1906, its status was elevated to ciudad (city) by Act No. 3041. In May 2015, Diego Traibel was elected Mayor for the period 2015-2020.
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