By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 9, 2021) – In Issue 2021-131 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate the Argentinian Independence.

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina

The classic song in the title is from the musical Evita, which chronicled the life of Eva Peron, the first lady of Argentina in the mid-20th century.

Argentina is a fascinating country full of unexpected facts.  While Spanish is the national language, about two-thirds of the population has Italian roots on at least one side of the family with Spanish lagging far behind, and only about one quarter have Native American DNA.  

Argentina have had many political up-and-downs, swinging between democratic governments and military dictatorships.  The economy, fueled by vast amounts of natural resources, went from the world’s highest GDP per capita in the late 19th century to deep trouble, to being a reasonably strong economy one again. 

Argentina’s Independence Day is today, having separated from Spain in 1816.

Here is Colton’s 1855 map of Argentina plus neighboring Uruguay and Paraguay.

Colton’s 1855 map of Argentina (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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