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1. Spanish word for silver
2. La Plata: capital city of the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina
3. Rio de la Plata: river on the border between Argentina and Uruguay
Common clues:
Spanish silver; Rio de la _____; “Oro y _____” (Montana motto); La _____' por near Buenos Aires; Silver, in Sevilla
Crossword puzzle frequency: once a year
Frequency in English language: 71392 / 86800
La Plata Cathedral

La Plata (English: The Silver) is the capital city of the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as of the partido of La Plata. The city was planned to serve as the capital of the province after the city of Buenos Aires was declared as the federal district in 1880. Per the 2001 census [INDEC], the city proper has a population of 574,369 and its metropolitan area has 694,253 inhabitants.

La Plata was officially founded by Governor Dardo Rocha on November 19, 1882 and its construction was fully documented in photographs by Tomás Bradley Sutton. It was referred to as Eva Perón City (Ciudad Eva Perón) between 1952 and 1955.

The city is home to two football (soccer) teams that play in the first division: Estudiantes de La Plata and Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata.


The Río de la Plata (River of Silver)—sometimes rendered River Plate in British English and the Commonwealth, and occasionally rendered [La] Plata River in other English-speaking countries—is the river and estuary formed by the confluence of the Uruguay River and the Paraná River on the border between Argentina and Uruguay. It is a funnel-shaped indentation on the southeastern coastline of South America, about 290 kilometres (180 mi) long.

NASA photo of the Río de la Plata looking from west to east.

The Río de la Plata widens from about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) at the inner part to about 220 kilometres (140 mi) at its mouth. It forms part of the border between Argentina and Uruguay, with the major ports and capital cities of Buenos Aires and Montevideo on its southwest and northeast shores. The coasts of the Río de la Plata are the most densely populated areas of Argentina and Uruguay.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "La_Plata" and Rio de la Plata”.