ARAUCO, a coast province of southern Chile, bounded N., E.
and S. by the provinces of Concepción, Bio-bio, Malleco and
Cautin. Area, 2458 sq. m.; pop. (est. 1902) 70,635. The
province originally covered the once independent Indian territory
of Araucania (q.v.), but this was afterwards divided into four
provinces. It is devoted largely to agricultural pursuits. The
capital Lebú (pop. in 1902, 3178) is situated on the coast about
55 m. south of Conceptión, with which it is connected by rail.
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