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Talcahuano
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Map of Talcahuano in Biobío Region
Map of Talcahuano in Biobío Region
Country Chile
Region Biobío
Province Concepción
Government
 • Type Municipality
Area
 • Total 145.8 km2 (56.3 sq mi)
Population
 (2002 Census)
 • Total 250,348
 • Density 1,717.1/km2 (4,447.2/sq mi)
 • Urban
248,964
 • Rural
1,384
Sex
 • Men 121,778
 • Women 128,570
Time zone UTC−4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−3 (CLST)
Area code(s) 56 + 41
Website Municipality of Talcahuano

Talcahuano is a commune, city and port in Chile with 171.383 inhabitants and an area of 92.3 square kilometres, all according to the census of 2002. Additionally, this city is known as the first military, industrial and fishing port in the history of Chile.

History

Talcahuano was declared and founded on 1764 like a port city by Antonio Guill y Gonzaga. This city and the port was well known by some American whaleships on 19th century.

Etimology

The name Talcahuano comes from Talcahueñu, in honor to the Araucanian chief when Spaniards came to the zone. Talcahueñu also means Thundering Sky on mapudungun language.

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