Way We Are
A PLACE FOR DREAMS AND HOPES
The first settlers
A long time ago, thousands of years back in the past, hunting tribes
arrived from the north of the American continent in search of a land to settle
down. When they found it, they did not imagine they were laying the foundations
of a country that would eventually be named Argentina.
The indigenous peoples
The tribes inhabiting the Argentine territory were essentially nomadic
and generally lived by hunting, fishing and gathering. In the
16th century, the confrontation with the Spanish conqueror curtailed their chances
of cultural development. Nevertheless, in spite of this blow, they managed to
survive in time and history. Today they constitute an important segment of the
The Spanish conquest
The infinity of the immense uninhabited territory started to find its boundaries
in the 16th century, when ships brought white men from a different world. The
understanding between natives and Spanish conquerors was not easy.
A new generation of men was born with violence, pain and blood, thus giving
rise to a new country.
The immigrants' arrival
From the 19th century onwards, men seeking their place in the world arrived
from Europe with their suitcases packed with illusions. With rejections, coincidences
and the search for a unitary thought between European immigrants and
the natives inhabiting the new country began writing a new history. The Plata
River region received different immigratory waves which brought the
spirit and habits of Spaniards and Italians, with the basic addition
of Swiss, French, German and also Paraguayan people,
all of these to a lesser extent.
The present of Argentine people
The 20th century Argentina thus became an alloyance of races and cultures
producing the interweaving of a complex identity that progressively became a
feature of the Argentine people. Tango, soccer, political passions were only
some of the cultural productions which spoke of a project worked out within
a sea of conflicting ideologies and habits, but with the will to create a country
as stated by the preamble of the National Constitution: "for all the
honorable men who wish to inhabit the Argentine land".
Way We Are
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