25 Cool Facts About Argentina

Argentina is a well-known South American nation with a relatively short history but a very rich and interesting culture. Its impressive, cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires, is centered on the sixteenth-century Plaza de Mayo, lined with stately buildings including the Casa Rosada, the iconic, balconied presidential palace. The country is widely known for the tango, elegant architecture, steak, wine, and soccer, while some of the most legendary figures of the twentieth century came from Argentina, including Eva Perón, Che Guevara, and Diego Armando Maradona. With a mainland area of 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 sq mi), Argentina is one of the largest countries in the world, the second largest in Latin America behind Brazil, and the largest Spanish-speaking one. Even though the earliest recorded human presence in the area of modern-day Argentina dates to the Paleolithic period, the nation has its roots in Spanish colonization during the sixteenth century. With massive waves of European immigration taking place during the last decades of the nineteenth century and the early years of the twentieth, the country radically reshaped its cultural and demographic outlook and took the form it pretty much has today. If this intro is not enough for you, however, here follow 25 Cool Facts About Argentina that will enlighten you about this beautiful country.

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The name Argentina comes from the Latin word for silver, argentum. The original European settlers believed the country was full of silver, but the rumor was never verified.

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Statistically, Argentina has the largest white (of European ancestry) population of any nation in the Americas. According to the nation’s 2010 census, nearly ninety-seven percent of Argentina’s population (38 million out of 40) was found to be of European or mostly European descent.

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Lionel Messi is widely considered the greatest footballer in the world for this generation, but this is common knowledge among sports fans. What most don’t know, however, is that officials in Rosario, Messi’s hometown, have banned parents from naming their children “Messi” because they were afraid it would cause too much confusion for the locals.

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One of the most popular dances in the world, the tango originated in the slaughterhouse district of Buenos Aires around the end of the nineteenth century. Sometimes described as “making love in a vertical position,” it was thought to originally be a dance for men. However, in the port community of Buenos Aires, female prostitutes became the first official tango dancers in history to seduce their clients.

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Between 1974 and 1983, up to thirty thousand people went “missing” in Argentina. Most were killed by the military junta running the country. Also, during that dictatorship, opponents were pushed out of planes alive with weights attached to their feet so no bodies would be found as evidence.

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