Although it has been inhabited since the paleolithic era, the region that would become Argentina eventually became a colony of Spain. Although it fought for and won its independence in the early 1800s, there was a long civil war afterwards that lasted until the second half of the century. But for most of the late 1800s and early 1900s Argentina was a peaceful and stable nation. Waves of European immigration changed the face of the country completely. In fact, at the turn of the 20th century, Argentina was the 7th wealthiest nation in the world. It was stable, prosperous, and was one of the most coveted destinations for immigrants. And to give you some perspective, the 7th wealthiest country today is the UK. But, as all good things come to an end, so did Argentina’s stability. In the 1930s it descended into political instability and hasn’t managed to recover since then. In spite of that, along with Chile, it has remained one of the wealthiest and most advanced countries in South America. Apart from the political and economic situation, Argentina is blessed with some of the most amazing geography in the world. From alpine peaks to subtropical beaches, Argentina has it all. These are 25 things you never knew about Argentina besides its incredible natural beauty!
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