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Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. It is variably defined either as being a region of the Americas in its own right or as the southern portion of North America. Physiographically, Central America is a tropical isthmus that connects North and South America. It includes 7 countries and many small offshore islands. Overall, the land is fertile and rugged, and dominated through its heart by a string of volcanic mountain ranges with a few active volcanos.
Minas is the capital of the department of Lavalleja in Uruguay. Its population, as of 2004, is 37,925. Currently holds the world's largest horse statue, and Cerro Artigas in commemoration of the 19th Century leader General Jose Artigas.
Its foundation was in 1783, when a number of families from Asturias and Galicia was settled in the area. It was then called Villa de la Concepción de las Minas. Villa Conception of the Minas was founded on 1783, 30 years after the governor of Montevideo, Jose Joaquin de Viana, officially raised the creation of a population in the zone of the mines. The first 152 colonies were Asturian and Galician. They arrived at the zone after a frustrated attempt to populate the Patagonia.
The design of its urban plant was in charge of Rafael Perez Del Puerto. Nailed between mountain ranges, in the river basins of streams San Francisco and Campanero, the present capital of the department of Lavalleja is 121 kilometers northeast of Montevideo.

Minas is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in Central America worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place leaves a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justifies the proud cultural tradition of Central America.

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