is a long Spanish speaking country whose
land mass takes up most of the bottom
part of South America. The name Argentina
is derived from the Latin word “argentum”,
which means “silver”. Bordered
by Paraguay and Bolivia in the north,
Brazil and Uruguay in the northeast and
Chile in the west, Argentina was “settled”
by Spanish imperialists during the 16th
century. It would remain a colony of Spain
until 1810 when a revolution caused it
to gain its independence. A new constitution
was proclaimed in 1853, and it continued
to develop as a country until the beginning
of the 20th century, at which point it
was one of the leading economies in the
the 1940s Argentina saw political movements
shatter both their economy and their peace.
Political unrest, a series of bloody military
juntas, and a collection of economic disasters
eventually culminated in the Falklands
War in 1983. This was when Argentina invaded
the Falkland Islands, which was a British
Colony at the time. This caused Britain
to send military forces and after a relatively
brief conflict Argentina was sent packing.
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Today’s Argentina is democratic
but economically bankrupt. Its capital
city of Buenos Aires has about 14 million
people living inside and around its borders,
which makes it one of the largest cities
in the world. While the country is rich
in natural resources it is undereducated
and lacks the infrastructures to lift
it out of “third world” status.
This is not due to a lack of effort on
the part of many Argentineans, but due
to a series of brutal and power hungry