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19 Facts About Antofagasta
City of Antofagasta is closely linked to mining activity, being a port and the chief service hub for one of Chile's major mining areas.
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Since the 2010s Antofagasta is a service hub for lithium mining.
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However, it is said the name Antofagasta is due to a decision by Manuel Mariano Melgarejo, who renamed the city in honor of an that he had in Antofagasta de la Sierra, in 1870.
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In Chile, Antofagasta is known as, for its historical and economic importance.
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Territory of Antofagasta was included in maps of the Captaincy General of Chile in the 18th century, depending from the city of Copiapo.
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The first official map of the population and the port of Antofagasta was designed by Jose Santos Prada on 14 September 1869.
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On 8 May 1872, Antofagasta was designated by the Bolivian Government as Puerto Mayor, opening trade worldwide.
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In 1905, the city of Antofagasta began construction of sewers, because of existing outbreaks of bubonic plague and smallpox.
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In 1937, the Municipality of Antofagasta made a national call for the composition of Antofagasta's anthem.
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Urban area of Antofagasta begins abruptly, breaking the monotony of the desert and is located in the coastal plains, south of Mejillones Peninsula and north of "Cerro Coloso".
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Antofagasta was declared a partial common in the border area 20 July 1999, by Supreme Decree No 1166 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Town of Antofagasta has a cold desert climate with abundant sunshine and strong maritime influence.
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Coastal edge of Antofagasta is rocky and steep, so there are no natural beaches, the majority being artificial.
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The football club Deportes Antofagasta is part of the Chilean First Division A, and plays its home matches at Antofagasta Regional Stadium.
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Antofagasta was one of the host cities of the official 1959 Basketball World Cup, where Chile won the bronze medal.
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