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Tacuarembo Department

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Tacuarembó is the largest department of Uruguay and it is part of its northern region. Its capital is Tacuarembó. It borders Rivera Department to its north and east, the departments of Salto, Paysandú and Río Negro to its west and has the river Río Negro flowing along its south border, separating it from the departments of Durazno and Cerro Largo.HistoryThe first division of the Republic in six departments happened in 1816. Two more departments were formed later in that year. At that time, Paysandú Department included all the territory north of the Río Negro, which included the actual departments of Artigas, Rivera, Tacuarembó, Salto, Paysandú and Río Negro. On 17 June 1837 a new division of Uruguay was made and this territory was divided in three parts. In the new division, the Tacuarembó Department included also the actual department of Rivera, until it was split from it in 1884.GeographyThe south borders of the department are delimited by Río Negro, which, as a result of the dam near Paso de los Toros along its course, forms the Rincón del Bonete Reservoir, also called the Gabriel Terra Reservoir. With a surface area of about 4000sqmi, it is the largest reservoir in South America. Tributary streams and rivers to the Río Negro, from east to west are: Río Tacuarembó with its many tributaries, Arroyo de Clara with its tributary Arroyo del Sarandí, Arroyo Malo with its tributaries Arroyo Rolón and Arroyo Guaviyú. Into the Rincón del Bonete Reservoir discharge the streams Arroyo Carpintería, Arroyo Laureles, Arroyo Achar, Arroyo del Tigre Chico and Arroyo Cardoso.
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