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Putumayo

[poo-too-mah-yaw] /ˌpu tuˈmɑ yɔ/
noun
1.
a river in NW South America, flowing SE from S Colombia into the Amazon in NW Brazil. 900 miles (1450 km) long.
Portuguese Iça.
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Putumayo

/Spanish putuˈmajo/
noun
1.
a river in NW South America, rising in S Colombia and flowing southeast as most of the border between Colombia and Peru, entering the Amazon in Brazil: scene of the Putumayo rubber scandal (1910–11) during the rubber boom, in which many Indians were enslaved and killed by rubber exploiters. Length: 1578 km (980 miles) Brazilian name Içá
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departamento, southern Colombia. It is bounded by the Caqueta River on the northeast, Ecuador on the south, and Peru on the southeast. It consists of forested lowlands, except where it rises abruptly into the Andes on the west. The department is thought to have great petroleum reserves; oil is piped from Puerto Asis, along the Putumayo River, over the Andes westward to Tumaco, on the Pacific. In addition, lime is extracted in the department, and there are deposits of marble, coal, and other minerals. The cultivation of rice, sugarcane, beans, corn (maize), bananas, and cassava is steadily increasing. A highway descends from Pasto, in Narino department, to Puerto Asis, with a branch leading to the departmental capital of Mocoa. Other travel is by river or by air. Area 9,608 square miles (24,885 square km). Pop. (2007 est.) 319,804.

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