Rawson, Chubut

Rawson is the capital of the province of Chubut in southern Argentina. The city is situated on the banks of the Río Chubut near its mouth in the Atlantic Ocean near the Valdés Peninsula and has about 27,000 inhabitants. This makes it by far the smallest provincial capital of Argentina, even within the province it is of four cities ( Comodoro Rivadavia, Trelew, Puerto Madryn and Esquel ) exceeded. The name Rawson goes back to the Interior Minister Guillermo Rawson, was in whose honor the place so called.


On September 15, 1865, the town of Welsh immigrants in the midst of at that time still dominated by the Tehuelche Indians territory was established. The city therefore had a military significance, and has been proclaimed in the year of founding as the capital of the then applicable as national territory of Chubut. However, the saline soil prevented the emergence of a successful agriculturally colony, so the city was soon surpassed by her neighbor Trelew, which in most respects is the center of the region today.

In 1957 the National Territory of Chubut was raised to the province and Rawson appointed to the provincial capital.


Seven kilometers east of the city, near the harbor, is the tourist resort of Playa Unión fully equipped.


Born here