Tortosa, city (1990 pop. 29,970), Tarragona prov., NE Spain, in Catalonia, on the Ebro (Ebre) River. It has a fishing industry and light manufacturing, producing cement, clothing, and pharmaceuticals. Agricultural products are traded. A Roman colony (then known as Dertosa), the town later fell (8th cent.) to the Moors, who held it against repeated Christian onslaughts until its conquest (1148) by Raymond Berenger IV. There is a seismological observatory nearby.

Tortosa (Latin: Dertusa or Dertosa, Arabic: طرطوشة Ṭurṭūšah) is the capital of the comarca of Baix Ebre, in the province of Tarragona, in Catalonia, Spain, located at 12 metres above the sea, by the Ebre river. Population 34,832 (2007).

It was conquered from the Moors by the Count Ramon Berenguer IV of Barcelona in 1148.


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