Argentina, officially known as the Argentine Republic or Republica Argentina, is a country occupying the most southern portion of South America. For many foreigners, especially Europeans, Argentina has presented the traditional New World image of a land of romance and opportunity. It received its name, "roughly translated as 'land of silver' or 'silvery one,' from the Spanish explorers of the 16th century who were lured there by rumors that portrayed the presence of vast mineral wealth." (Encyclopedia Britannica 357) The "Sun of May," a sun with a human face, appears on the state flag (adopted in 1818) and on the coat of arms. It stands for Argentina's freedom from Spain. The colors, light blue and white, were worn by Argentineans who fought off British invaders in 1806 and 1807. Argentina's currency is known as the Austral.
The official language of Argentina is Spanish, and more than 90 percent of the population is Roman Catholic. More than one - third of the country's 32 million people live in Buenos Aires, the nation's capital, which along with other urban areas accounts for almost 90 percent of the total population.
It is the eighth largest country in the world, with an area of 1,073,399 square miles. (Encyclopedia Britannica 356) Shaped like an inverted triangle with its base atop, it is only about 884 miles across at its widest from east to west, but it stretches 2,360 miles from the subtropical north to the subantarctic south. (www.comptons.com/argentina.html) This great length embraces regions of striking diversity, including the Andes Mountains, the Rio de la Plata (Argentina's longest river) the thorny scrubland and seasonal swamps of Gran Chaco. Within its ...
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...wish, and English backgrounds, while his mother was of both Argentinean and Uruguayan descents. Borges was admired for his use of language and his thoughts about the meaning of life. His stories convey mystery, puzzle, and fantasy.
Among Borges' best - known books are Ficciones (Fictions) and El Aleph (the aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet). Borges won many literary honors. He was nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize in literature, but never won it.
This essay was very beneficial because it enabled me to learn more about a different nation and its unique culture. Now instead of just relating to Argentina as a country in South America, I will also be able to discuss it intelligently. Hopefully, by reading this research paper, others will be able to learn about Argentina's long, diverse, and interesting history, geography, and people.
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