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Ciudad Rodrigo

city, western Salamanca provincia (province), in southwestern Castile-Leon comunidad autonoma (autonomous community), near the Portuguese border in western Spain. Named for Count Rodrigo Gonzalez, who founded it in 1150, the city, situated on a rise above the Agueda River, was fortified and became a bishopric under Ferdinand II of Leon. In the Peninsular War it was besieged and captured by the French (1810) and later retaken by the British and Spanish guerrillas under Wellington (1812)

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