The first permanent Spanish settlement was founded in 1624 at Soriano on the Río Negro.In 1669–71, the Portuguese built a fort at Colonia del Sacramento.The Belgian LBK is notable for its use of defensive walls around villages, something which may or may not have been necessary because of the proximity of hunter gatherers.
Montevideo was founded by the Spanish in the early 18th century as a military stronghold in the country.
A slightly later-starting Neolithic culture found in central Wallonia is the so-called "Groupe de Blicquy", which may represent an offshoot of the LBK settlers.
One notable archaeological site in this region is the Neolithic flint mines of Spiennes.
With an area of approximately 176,000 square kilometres (68,000 sq mi), Uruguay is geographically the second-smallest nation in South America, years before the Portuguese established Colonia del Sacramento in 1680, meaning that Uruguay began to be colonized by Europeans relatively late compared with neighboring countries.
Montevideo was founded as a military stronghold by the Spanish in the early 18th century, signifying the competing claims over the region.
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