The New International Encyclopædia/Salta (province)

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SALTA, säl′tȧ. A northwestern province of Argentina, bordering on Bolivia and Chile (Map: Argentina, D 8). Area, 45,000 square miles. The western half is occupied by Andean ranges, while the eastern part belongs to the Gran Chaco. It is abundantly watered and contains a considerable area of agricultural land. Grain, sugar, and various kinds of fruit are raised successfully. The mountains contain gold, silver, copper, and other minerals, but the principal occupations of the inhabitants are agriculture and cattle-raising. Population, in 1900, 131,938. Capital, Salta.