Facts about Argentina
The homeland of tango
It is said that the Argentines are like Italians speaking Spanish, they behave like the French and wish to be like the British. Argentina used to be one of the richest and thriving countries in the world, but due to many coups d'état, rapidly changing presidents, and financial meltdowns, it has found itself in the developing countries.
1The official name of Argentina is the Argentine Republic.
It gained its independence in 1816.
2The name Argentina derives from the Latin word argentum, meaning silver.
Its origin is related to the legend of Sierra de la Plata concerning Spanish and Portuguese conquistadors who led an expedition to find silver. During the expedition, conquistadors along Amerigo Vespucci discovered the Rio de la Plata's estuary (freshwater marine lagoon). The name Argentina first appeared on the maps in the 16th century. For a long time, the term referred to everything related to the Rio de la Plata, its valley, territory, and people.
3It has a population of about 45 million people.
4The capital of Argentina, and at the same time its largest city, is Buenos Aires.
It is also one of the biggest cities in South America.
5Buenos Aires has the world’s widest street.
It consists of 14 lanes and four parallel streets. It is called Avenida 9 de Julio.
6Argentina is boarded by five countries: Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, and Uruguay.
It also claims the Falkland Islands archipelago and part of Antarctica.
7It is the second-largest country in South America.
It is also the eighth largest in the world.
8At the beginning of the 20th century, Argentina was the seventh most economically developed country in the world.
Numerous coups ended with the introduction of democracy in Argentina in 1983. In the nineties, a severe financial crisis resulted in Argentina founding its way into developing countries.
9There are four major rivers in Argentina: the Paraná River, the Uruguay River, the Paraguay River, and the Salado River.
The shared outlet to the Atlantic of the Parana River and the Uruguay River is called Rio de la Plata. It is an estuary, with a width of 220 kilometers by the ocean.
10There are more than 400 rivers in the Patagonian Andes.