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Curiosities about our Independence

Like every July 9, Argentines celebrate a new anniversary of our independence. We tell you little known data about the date.

Casa de Tucumán

The Historic House in Tucumán witnessed the most important event for our people. Finally and after long years, on July 9, 1816 we broke all ties of domination with the Spanish monarchy. On our tour of the school, we were taught a lot about that date: who were the protagonists, the causes, the consequences and much more. However, there are some curious facts that are overlooked.

We made a list of those issues.

  • Most of the congressmen in 1816 were lawmen or clerics, this is because they were the typical professions of the higher classes of society.
  • The first nation to recognize our independence was Hawaii, in 1818. This was because King Kamehameha I had signed a trade agreement with the representative of our territories, Hippolytus Bouchard .
  • Spain later admitted that we were independent only in 1863.
  • On the initiative of Fray Justo Santa María de Oro, on September 14, 1816, the Virgin Santa Rosa de Limawas declared Patroness of the Independence of America.
  • Were they all Argentine? No, of the 29 deputies, there were three Bolivians, two Peruvians and one Uruguayan.
  • The independence act was written in Quechua and Spanish. Due to the great influence of the native peoples in the north, Quechua was taken into account.
  • The street on which is located the Historic House, the place where Congress was held, was called Calle del Rey. After July 9, 1816, it was renamed Calle Congreso de Tucumán, a name it retains to this day. In this street you will find the Historical House Museum.
  • The Historic House was demolished almost entirely, but it was rescued and rebuilt as it looked in 1816 thanks to a photograph, a unique document showing what the original façade looked like in those glorious days.

Publication Date: 09/07/2020

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