By Danny Palmerlee; Sandra Bao; Gregor Clark
Discover Argentina suppose the thunderous crash of icebergs calving into the icy waters of Lago ArgentinaExplore the colossal landscapes of Quebrada de Humahuaca together with your personal pack-carrying llamaTango like a "porteno" after studying the unstated codes of Argentina's sexiest danceCycle among Mendoza's mythical vineyards looking for the fitting malbec during this advisor: Seven authors, 308 days of in-country examine, an excessive amount of beefColor open air bankruptcy indicates the place to fly-fish for trout and lots more and plenty with huskiesContent up to date day-by-day - stopover at "lonelyplanet.com" for updates and visitor insights
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Return to beginning of chapter ENTER THE SPANISH Just over a decade after Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón in Spanish) accidentally encountered the Americas, other Spanish explorers began probing the Río de la Plata estuary. ) Most early explorations of the area were motivated by rumors of vast quantities of silver. Spaniard Sebastian Cabot optimistically named the river the Río de la Plata (River of Silver), and to drive the rumors home, part of the new territory was even given the Latin name for silver (argentum).
Visitors will also experience a country at odds with itself – a potential economic powerhouse not fully in control of its destiny. Argentina dips into an economic crisis every dozen years, frustrating its citizens to no end. This has manifested in the recent low approval ratings of Cristina Kirchner, the country’s first elected female president, who took office in 2007 (following in the footsteps of her husband, Nestor Kirchner). This country, like most of the rest of the world, is currently down – but not out.
To commemorate the occasion, the city’s main square was renamed Plaza de Mayo. For an interpretation of the gaucho’s role in Argentine history, check out Richard W Slatta’s book Gauchos and the Vanishing Frontier (1983). Independence movements throughout South America soon united to expel Spain from the continent by the 1820s. Under the leadership of General José de San Martín and others, the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata (the direct forerunner of the Argentine Republic) declared formal independence at Tucumán on July 9, 1816.
Argentina by Danny Palmerlee; Sandra Bao; Gregor Clark