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San Rafael

[san ruh-fel; for 1 also Spanish sahn rah-fah-el] /ˌsæn rəˈfɛl; for 1 also Spanish sɑn ˌrɑ fɑˈɛl/
noun
1.
a city in W Argentina.
2.
a city in W California, N of San Francisco.
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Encyclopedia Article for San Rafael

city, central Mendoza provincia (province), western Argentina, near the eastern base of the Andes on the Diamante River. It originated around San Rafael Fort, built in 1805 at the frontier then roughly marking the southern limits of European colonization. Pacification of area Indians in about 1870 enabled the city to be developed as the centre of an agricultural area producing grapes, fruits (peaches, plums, pears and apricots), and grains. Contemporary local enterprises include wineries, meat-packing plants, canneries, and dairies. Deposits of petroleum and uranium southwest of San Rafael are exploited, and dams to the west along the Diamante and Atuel rivers provide local irrigation water and hydroelectric power to the city of Mendoza. Pop. (2001) 106,386.

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