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is a city in the Talara Province
Talara is a province in the Piura Region, Peru. It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Paita Province on the south, the Sullana Province on the east and the Tumbes Region's Contralmirante Villar Province on the north. Its capital is the major port city of Talara...
of the Piura Region
Piura is a coastal region in northwestern Peru. The region's capital is Piura and its largest port cities, Paita and Talara, are also among the most important in Peru...
, in northwestern Peru
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. It is a port city on the Pacific Ocean
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with a population of 103,200 as of 2005. Its climate is hot and dry. Due to its oil reserves, and ability to produce aviation fuel, Talara hosted a United States air base during World War II
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. Talara is also home to a large fishing
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fleet. The city is served by the Cap. FAP Victor Montes Arias International Airport.
Talara is the westernmost city in all of mainland South America. (A small outlying town, Seccion Dieciocho, is situated slightly further west, and just beyond there, the land itself reaches its westernmost extent at Punta Pariñas.) Talara and some neighbouring cities (Piura
Piura is a city in northwestern Peru. It is the capital of the Piura Region and the Piura Province. The population is 377,496.It was here that Spanish Conqueror Francisco Pizarro founded the third Spanish city in South America and first in Peru, San Miguel de Piura, in July 1532...
and Amotape) served as backdrop for the short novel 'Who Killed Palomino Molero?' by Mario Vargas Llosa
Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa, 1st Marquis of Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian-Spanish writer, politician, journalist, essayist, and Nobel Prize laureate. Vargas Llosa is one of Latin America's most significant novelists and essayists, and one of the leading authors of his generation...
1910 to 1920
In 1912 Alfred J Foster was one of the main engineers in charge of building the Port and Oil Refinery. At this time Talara was just a small fishing village.
His wife Susanna Foster followed him to this remote village and a book has been written from her journals.
Alfred Foster died in Talara on the 2nd April 1917