By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 25, 2022) – In Issue 2022-094 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, it’s a new government all about the pursuit of independence starting on this day in history 1810 in South America.


Argentina formed a new government composed of locals on May 25, 1810, after a week’s series of events in Buenos Aires.  This May Revolution paved the way to formal Declaration of Independence in July 1816.

Spain and Portugal lost most of its colonies in South America in the early 19th century.

Argentina managed to climb to the seventh wealthiest country on the globe by the early 1900s as measured by Gross Domestic Product.  Then it lost that edge during the global depression of the 1930s.  A series of political issues and unrests followed, and in recent years Argentina once again became prosperous.

This Colton map from 1855 shows Argentina along with its neighbors – parts of Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil.

Argentina with Chili, Uruguay, Paraguay & Brazil – 1855

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