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I have arrived in Montevideo by ferry from Buenos Aires (three hours one way) crossing the famous Rio de la Plata. From the ferry terminal one can follow a simple route leading through several lovely squares. I have showed you two of them already. This one here is called Plaza Zabala and is dedicated to the founder of Montevideo. The inscription at the base of the monument says: Al Fundador de Montevideo: General don Bruno de Zabala

Bruno Mauricio de Zabala (1682–1736) was a Spanish soldier and colonial administrator. He was born in the slum of Zabala in the province of Biscay. In 1717, Zabala was named capitán general of the Río de la Plata, where he suppressed piracy and confronted the Portuguese, who sought to claim the River Plate for themselves. In 1726, to contend with these rivals, Zabala constructed a fortress. This settlement, which would evolve into the city of Montevideo, became the center of Spanish control over the Banda Oriental, and later the capital of Uruguay.

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