The English navigator FitzRoy was the first to mention its existence in a navigation chart. On March 10, , Francisco Pietrobelli, accompanied by the Tehuelche Sainajo and Marcelo Pereira, came to Rada Tilly following FitzRoy's navigation charts in search of an anchoring place to set up a deep-water port where deep-draft ships could stop to supply the flourishing Colonia Sarmiento.
Pietrobelli completed the construction of the first storage shed on June 26 in the place indicated years before by a Molle trunk.
Commodore Rivadavia became the first Argentine marine to anchor his corvette in Rada Tilly in March , while he was reconnoiteirng the area to control the displacement of the Chilean Army in the Argentine south.
The village was named after the Spanish marine Francisco Everardo Tilly y Paredes, who during and gave combat and defeated the Portuguese army in the river Plate.
However, reality indicates that it was the Spanish marine Juan de la Concha who anchored in Rada Tilly in command of a brig.
The settlement was renamed Comodoro Rivadavia on February 23, , by decree of the national government in homage to the illustrious marine, grandson of the great statesman Bernardino Rivadavia and first Argentine president.
In six hundred Afrikaner families arrived in Argentina following the loss of the Second Boer War.
They were given farming land in the lands around Comodoro Rivadavia but due to a shortage of water had to bring water in by ox wagon. The lack of water was a big impediment to the development of the settlement.
At the Afrikaners' insistence drilling began in in an effort to look for water but instead they struck oil. Although much of the oil was discovered on land given to Afrikaans settlers, they could not benefit directly from the discovery due to Argentinian law which decrees that all mineral deposits belong to the state.
Therefore, most of the town's Afrikaans settlers moved on to Sarmiento and surrounding regions to set up farms there.
The discovery of oil in boosted economic growth in Comodoro Rivadavia. The city evolved around this industry, and even today when this panorama has changed substantially, it is still called the "National Oil Capital.
The beach village Rada Tilly was founded on July 24, , and today is an important hub for tourism in Argentina. Oil production has begun to decline in quantity but the area has been turning its attention to wind power.
Comodoro Rivadavia features a cold semi-arid climate Köppen BSk. Summer is relatively hot and dry with an average temperature of Comodoro Rivadavia had a population of , inhabitants in , compared to , in and , in The city grew by about a third between and , compared to an increase of 9.
Comodoro Rivadavia is the biggest city to the south of the Colorado River. The city developed from the oil camps which evolved into neighbourhoods.
The South Area is the most populated in the city. The commercial and industrial activities of the city are the most important in the region. The main activities of the city are: The oil production started in Chubut in , when a drilling rig which was looking for water discovered oil instead.
This code established that the oil fields belonged to the State, and that they could also be exploited by the private sector by concession. This company helped the society by improving the construction of houses, providing new jobs and health care.
Engineer Enrique Mosconi was in charge of running the company. By , 1, wells had been drilled in Comodoro Rivadavia; In the First Oil Law was passed.
In , Law Number 14, was signed by President Arturo Frondizi , establishing that the Government had exclusive ownership over all oil fields.
The most important oil fields discovered during the 60's were El Huemul and Piedra Clavada. At the beginning of the same decade twenty wells were drilled.
Until , 5, wells were drilled, of which 3, were economically productive. As a result of the exploratory activities developed during the century, the remaining reserves reach San Jorge gulf is the leader in oil extraction.
Since , the small and weak port Maciel received passengers and shipments that arrived at the city of Comodoro Rivadavia. It was built of wood and only could support small ships.
In , the construction of the port started. In the construction was stopped, but in it was resumed. The shipyard has two parallel industrial facilities of 70 meters long and 4 meters wide.
This allows the repair and building of ships in a roofed space without the weather affecting the activity. The shipyard has three travelling cranes of 8 tons each.
Works made in the shipyard include the building of eolic mill towers and oil buoys. The city also is home to a factory that produces concrete, property of Petroquimica Comodoro Rivadavia S.
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