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Florida is the capital of Florida Department of Uruguay. Having a population of over 33,000, it is home to almost half of the inhabitants of the department.LocationIt is located on Route 5, around north of Montevideo.GeographyThe stream Arroyo Santa Lucía Chico flows along the east and south limits of the city.HistoryThe city was founded on 24 April 1809 with this name, Florida, in honor of the count of Floridablanca, the prime minister of the Spanish crown. It had acquired the status of "Villa" (town) before the Independence of Uruguay. On 10 July 1856, it became capital city of the department by the Act of Ley Nº 493 and on 19 April 1894 its status was elevated to "Ciudad" (city) by the Act of Ley Nº 2.258.It is home of the famous Piedra Alta de la Florida, the place of the Declaration of Independence in 1825. The city is also famous for San Cono's chapel, where multitudes gather every 3 June. Each year on April 24 the city celebrates its founder, James Florida.An important building is the Cathedral of Florida, which is the National Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Thirty-Three.PopulationIn 2011, Florida had a population of 33,639. Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de UruguayEconomic activity and noted eventsThere are many factories in Florida. Florida is also host of the traditional Florida's Triathlon, one of the oldest triathlon events in the country.Places of worship Cathedral Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Thirty-Three (Roman Catholic) St. Joseph Parish Church (Roman Catholic) St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish Church (Roman Catholic) St. Conus Chapel in Florida, a very popular Roman Catholic pilgrimage sanctuary
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