Tigre Partido is a partido of Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, situated in the northern part of Greater Buenos Aires. The department covers a section of the Paraná Delta and its low-lying islands. The main town of the division is Tigre, other towns include Don Torcuato, El Talar, General Pacheco and its total area including the islands is 368 km² and its population was 376,381 as of 2010. The current mayor is Julio Cesar Zamora, from the Renewal Front within the Justicialist Party, the partido was originally named Las Conchas after a local river, but became popularly known as Tigre in the 19th century. Tigre was also the name of a stream and is thought to derive from the tigres or jaguars seen in the area when it was first settled, in 1952, the name of the partido was officially changed to Tigre Partido. A port was first built at the mouth of the Las Conchas river and it served the islands and became an important strategic and smuggling point, targeted by Portuguese, English and Spanish invaders. The partido was founded in 1790, but the settlements were hit by floods. The history of Tigre dates back to a port on the banks of Las Conchas River, the port was used by the ships sailing the Paraná River to or from Paraguay and also by those who carried wood, coal and firewood from the Delta to Buenos Aires. Las Conchas River is now called Reconquista and runs along Liniers street, the hamlet surrounding the port grew as its strategic importance increased, mostly since the 18th century. By 1780 a church had already built and the parish was established at that time. Many river rises, floods and heavy rainstorms hit the area, one of the first historically registered catastrophes occurred in early June 1805, when Las Conchas village was almost devastated by a heavy rainstorm that made the river overflow its banks. Most of the moved to higher nearby lands where San Fernando village was founded. The village was deserted and almost completely abandoned, in August 1820 it was destroyed by a tornado once again. The rising floodwaters trapped the port entrance, at the same time the outflow of water came out through a small stream called Tigre, causing the widening of its bed and turning it into a river. The port was moved to its present location by the Tigre River. During the second half of the 19th century the area economically and socially more important, mainly due to Domingo F. Sarmiento. Sarmiento insisted on the development possibilities of the islands and fought for the rights of settlers to own the land they were working on. His house on the island has turned into a museum that lies on the bank of the river that bears his name
Image: Bandera roja del Partido de Tigre
Club de Regatas La Marina.
Supply barge in Tigre, still the easiest access to many points along the delta.