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Argentine Republic

Argentina is a federal republic.
A fascinating triangular shaped countrylocated along South America's east coast.


The eighth largest country in the world.
Argentina is South America’s second largest nation.

Capitol City - Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is the most European city in Latin America, full of ornate French style buildings fronted along tree lined boulevards with fountains, parks and sidewalk cafes.

 

Currency of Argentina-Peso
Native Language-Spanish
Visit Living Languge to learn some Spanish words.

Official Religon: 90% of the population is Roman Catholic. The population is principally of European descent, especially of Italian and Spanish origin.

Animals

The puma is the second largest cat in the Americas

The Margay, also known as the Long Tailed Spotted Cat.

The Pampas Cat or Grass Cat

Creature Feature: Guanacos (llamas)—Related to camels

The Andean Condor

Magellanic Penguins in Patagonia are the largest of the warm-weather penguins. These penguins were named after Ferdinand Magellan who first saw them in 1519 on his first voyage around the tip of South America. They live on the coast of Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands.

Southern Sea Lion

Killer Whales

Explorers

Juan Díaz de Solís to the Río de la Plata in 1516.

Pedro de Mendoza in 1536 founded the first settlement of the present Buenos Aires.

Climate

Argentina's climate ranges from hot and humid in the north through humid and steamy in the center to cold in the south. The seasons are reversed from the Northern Hemisphere.

Land

Argentina may be divided into six geographical regions: the Paraná Plateau, the Gran Chaco, the Pampa (see under pampas), the Monte, Patagonia, and the Andes Mts.

The Paraná Plateau in the extreme northeast is an extension of the highlands of South Brazil. It is the wettest part of Argentina and has a dense forest cover; tobacco, timber, and yerba maté are the chief products there. The spectacular Iguaçu Falls are in a national park located at the point where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay meet.

In Northern Argentina the Gran Chaco is a predominantly flat alluvial plain with a subtropical climate. The region is seasonally flooded, and marshlands remain for long periods during the year because of poor drainage.

South of the Gran Chaco is the Pampa, a vast natural grassland The Pampa's deep, rich soil is the basic wealth of the country. The “Wet Pampa,” the more humid eastern part of the region, is Argentina's principal agricultural area and produces most of the nation's exports. It is the granary of South America, with wheat, alfalfa, corn, and flax the principal crops. Cattle ranching is prevalent throughout the Pampa and especially in the southeast and north; sheep are also raised there. Most of the principal cities of Argentina and most of its industry are found in the Pampa region.

The Monte, an arid region in the rain shadow of the Andes, has natural vegetation varying from short grasses in the east to cacti in the west.

The Andes Mountains are one of the longest and one of the highest mountain ranges in the world it stretches along the entire west coast of South America from Cape Horn to Panama and Venezuela- 7,250 kilometers (4,200 miles). Most of the highest mountains in the Andes are volcanoes, some still active, many dormant or extinct.

Southernmost Argentina (and Chile) are known as Patagonia, a largely uninhabited wilderness with dense rainforest and rugged peaks.

Tierra del Fuego is an archipelago (or a group of islands) shared with Chile, at the southern tip of South America. Its capital, Ushuaia, is the world's southernmost city.

People

José de San Martin was a South American military hero who fought to win the independence of Argentina, Chile and Peru.

Juan Peron was a dictator who ruled Argentina in the 1940s and 1950s and again briefly before his death in 1973.

Peron’s wife Eva  (nicknamed Evita or Little Eve) virtually co-governed the country during his first six years as president

Stories

The Magic Ball

A witch lures a young girl into a terrible trap with a magic ball. Her brother, along with some magical creatures, pool their efforts to rescue her.

Color Pages

Gaucho and Horse

Argentina

Make

Soccer Friends
Make a whole team of soccer friends with uniforms in your school colors.

La Boca is a neighborhood in Buenos Arires, Argentina, it is a popular for it’s bright and colorful houses.

La Boca House Collage
Create a collage of bright color houses.

 

 

Animal Map

Map and critter icons of the animals of Patagonia.
Map

Animals

Wallpapers & Screensavers

Patagonia Screen Saver (mac & windows)

Fun Facts

Biggest Dinosaur Believed Found in Argentina.

Christ of the Andes, statue of Christ commemorating a series of peace and boundary treaties between Argentina and Chile. Dedicated Mar. 13, 1904, it stands in Uspallata Pass, high in the Andes, on the Argentine-Chilean boundary.

Music

The Tango originated in Buenos Aires.

Argentine Tango Music

Recipes

Argentinean Recipes

 

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