Top Interesting Facts About Argentina
As any other land in distant Latin America, Argentina appears to be an interesting object of discussion. In practice, besides distinguishing culture, cuisine and traditions, there are a lot intricate facts that enlighten livelihood of modern Argentinians from a new point of view. Therefore, this article features the most interesting and hard-to-imagine issues related to Argentina and its people.
1. Argentina was discovered by European invaders at the beginning of the 16th century, by Spaniards, in practice. So, the national language is Spanish. However, thousands of immigrants arrived in this country for centuries, being attractive with marvelous mountains and, more precisely, fertile soil. Therefore, speaking in other European languages is quite possible. In addition, most of the population is Europeans by origin.
2. Aconcagua, the highest point of the continent, is located precisely in the Argentina part of Andes ranges. The country has also access to the widest waterfall set in the world, Iguassu.
3. Juan Domingo Peron became the President in 1946, and his wife Evita has died at age 33 from cancer, it happened in 1952. Thus, Isabel Peron (the second wife of Juan Peron) was the first woman who won the presidency. The second woman, who also took this position, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, was elected to the post in 2007. Hence, gender issues is not essential for this Catholic country.
4. The culture of Argentine is quite an attraction for tourists. Every city, especially administrative centers of state, can offer a wide range of interesting museums. For instance, there 120 museums in Buenos Aires, so it is better to choose the most attractive if goinfg sightseeing around!
5. 9 de Julio Avenue is probably the widest street in the world. In addition to this fact, it is generally one of the most visited places in Buenos Aires. The title of the avenue was named after the date of independence of Argentina from Spaniards - July 9, 1816. Interestingly, the original street had to have a much smaller size. The first project of July 9 Avenue appeared in 1895. A small road should had crossed the city from north to south till nowadays. By the way, according to the plan of the time, the street was called Ayouma. It would seem that the road was necessary for all, but also ordinary citizens and wealthy landowners opposed the construction of the Prospectus under the windows of their homes. As a result, the construction was frozen. Nevertheless, the street was opened in 1937.
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