Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay 1837 CE

Since independence, Paraguay and Uruguay have split away from Argentina.

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What is happening in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay in 1837CE

Buenos Aires was attacked by British forces during the Napoleonic Wars, in 1806-7. Spain’s inability to defend the city threw the inhabitants on their own resources, and they succeeded in repulsing the attack. The self-confidence that this gave them – and the fact that Spain itself was conquered by French forces – encouraged the leadership in Buenos Aires to declare self-governance in 1810. This was upgraded to a full declaration of independence in 1816, commencing the Wars of Independence.

The initial aim in Buenos Aires had been that the whole of the Rio de la Plata viceroyalty would become a single independent nation, but the outlying portions – Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay – soon fell away. This process of political fragmentation has indeed looked as if it might go further. The politics of newly-independent Argentina has been dominated by tension between Buenos Aires and the various provinces, which have aimed at greater independence for themselves. This tension has been fuelled by the free-spirited gauchos, who have backed all resistance to attempts to impose control over the country at large. Finally, the anarchy in the country was brought to an end by the ruthless dictatorship of Juan Manual Rosas (ruled 1829-52).

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