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The time we were a British colony.

In 1806, we were ruled for 46 days by the English General William Beresford, until the troops under the command of Liniers and Martín de Álzaga re-conquered the city on several sides.

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There was a time when, for 46 days, we were a British colony. Around noon on June 27, 1806, General Beresford took office on behalf of King George of England. The British flag flew in Buenos Aires during that time, until the popular militias of Buenos Aires carried out what, over the years, was known as the Reconquest. If that had not happened - who says - we might have been part of British territory for a few decades. Maybe there wouldn't have been a Falklands War. Perhaps Diego had never borrowed God's hand. But it didn't happen. What is more, the failure of that first English invasion - and from which it came a year later - somehow planted the seed of independence in society at that time. For the first time, the Creoles felt they could do it on their own. 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 the bourgeoisie did not have the same motivations as the popular classes), considered it appropriate to expel the intruder on that occasion, which contributed to setting up a context of political deliberation. It was also an opportunity to form armed militias, including the popular sectors. There was a time - then - when we were a British colony. And it is likely that this failed conquest has given us the little push we needed to begin, step by step, the road to our freedom. .

Publication Date: 19/06/2018

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