city, capital of Chaco provincia (province), northeastern Argentina, on a stream that flows into the Parana River at the river port of Barranqueras, 4 miles (6 km) southeast. Originally founded in the mid-18th century as San Fernando del Rio Negro (a Jesuit reduccion [work mission] abandoned in 1773 after the order was suppressed), it was later reestablished in 1878 as a frontier colony settled by Italian agriculturists following the defeat of Paraguay in the War of the Triple Alliance (1864-70). Renamed Resistencia, it was declared capital of the Chaco national territory (now province) in 1884. The processing of cotton, quebracho (from which tannin is extracted), lumber, cattle, and sugarcane forms the basis of the city's economy. The only bridge (completed 1973) along a 500-mile (800-km) stretch of the Parana and Paraguay rivers connects Resistencia to the city of Corrientes. Pop. (2001) 274,490.
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