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The time we were a British colony

In 1806, we were ruled 46 days by English General William Beresford.


There was once when, for 46 days, we were a  British colony . About noon on June 27,  1806 ,  General Beresford assumed the rule on behalf of King George of England. The British flag flamed in  Buenos Aires  during that time, until the Buenos Aires popular militias carried out what, over the years, was known as  the  Reconquista   . that would have happened — who says — maybe we would have been part of British territory for a few decades. Maybe there wouldn't have been the Falkland War. Maybe Diego would never have borrowed God's hand. But it didn't happen. What's more: the failure of that  first English invasion  — and from which it came a year later — somehow planted in society at that time the germ of  Independence For the first time, Creoles felt they could alone. That the enemy was England, and perhaps also Spain and whoever wanted to submit wills for these lands. Each for their own reasons (the members of the elite or bourgeoisie did not have the same motivations as the popular classes), considered it appropriate to expel the intruder on that occasion, which helped to install a context of political deliberation. In addition, it was the opportunity to form  armed militias , in which the popular sectors were also included. Once upon a time — then — we were a  British colony . And it is likely that that failed conquest has given us the push we needed to start, step by step, the road to our freedom.

Publication Date: 19/06/2018

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