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The Fatherland is turning its years and again the paradox is presented to us, do we really know what the homeland is?


The Fatherland is turning its years and again the paradox is presented to us, do we really know what the homeland is?

Martín del Barco Centenera first mentioned the place name “Argentina” to mention this region and it was the same cleric who named the inhabitants of Santa Fe “Argentines”. But what is Argentina? That same question is asked Jorge Luis Borges in his poem “Fundación Mítica de Buenos Aires”.

“And was it for this river of dreamera and mud

that the pros came to founded the Fatherland?“.

And from the same poem answers yes, that it was this river so proud of its width and its color that received the conquest:

“The truth is that a thousand men and a thousand others arrived

by a sea that was five moons wide”

but “civilization” was not made easy:

“with his red star to mark the place

where Juan Diaz fasting and the Indians ate.”

Borges continues with a humorous nod to the well-known half plus one:

“they lit some tremulus ranches on the coast

but they are embelecos set in the mouth.”

And it ends by preventing the world about our expansive and somewhat fanciful character, which boasts of eternal and unlimited glory:

“men shared an illusory past

who was missing only one thing: the sidewalk across the street

to me is the story that Buenos Aires started

I judge it as eternal as water and air.”

Publication Date: 09/07/2018

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