Montevideo is the capital and largest city of Uruguay, and one of the major ports of South America and the governmental, financial, and commercial center of Uruguay. Much of the South Atlantic fishing fleet is based in Montevideo, and Uruguay exports frozen and canned meats and fish; wool and grain pass through the port. The city has industries producing textiles, dairy items, wines, and packaged meats; there are oil refineries and railroad factories. Montevideo's origins lay in the colonial rivalry of the Spanish and Portuguese. Today Montevideo is spacious, modern, and attractive, with broad, tree-lined boulevards, numerous beautiful parks, and fine buildings and residences. A total surprise for us.