History of Argentina – Ancient to Modern

The history of Argentina dates back thousands of years to ancient cave paintings found in Patagonia.

Ancient Paintings in the ‘Cave of Hands’ in Argentinean Patagonia. Photo Credit: Ksenia Ragozina, shutterstock.

History of Argentina – Ancient to Modern day

The history of Argentina dates back thousands of years, with the first human settlements beginning on the southern tip of Patagonia 13,000 years ago. The indigenous people here and in the Pampas were advanced hunters and gatherers and included the Yamana and the Tehuelches. The country’s history has been tumultuous over the years with political instability, military coups, exiled presidents, territorial disputes and dictatorships.

Spanish Settlers in Argentina. Photo credit: en.wikipedia.org

Europeans first arrived in 1502 

British invasion of the Río de la Plata. Photo credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentina

British tried to invade in 1806

Independence declared on 9 July 1816

1900s – Military Coups and Exiled Presidents

Argentinian army soldiers read newspapers in Port Stanley, during the Falkland War. Photo Credit: https://www.reuters.com/news/picture/falklands-war-the-argentine-side

The Dirty War in 1976 and the Falklands War in 1982

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner became Argentina’s First Female President in 2007. Photo credit: https://firstladies.international.com

First Female President in 2007

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