As you know, I am addicted to Argentina. It is a beautiful country with a lot of cultural history and natural wonder to be enjoyed. But if someone asked me what Argentina is famous for, this is what I would tell him or her 🙂
The tango is one of the most beautiful and intimate dances there are. Everyone knows a tango when they see it, but they might not know that the dance was created in Argentina. It was born right by the Rio de la Plata; the river separating Argentina from Uruguay. You might also not know that the dance started in Buenos Aires brothels.
It was a provocative dance that allowed prostitutes to get up close and personal with clients. It spread from the working-class brothels of the country to Paris and, from there, the world.
Che Guevara has easily become one of the most recognised faces in the world. His face is plastered on t-shirts, murals, and posters around the world. It’s oddly capitalistic considering the communistic nature of Che and what he fought for.
Che was inspired to fight for Marxism after experiencing the poverty of Latin America. Even though he’s one of the icons of the Cuban Revolution; Guevara was actually born in a town south of Buenos Aires known as Rosario. That’s right; Che Guevara was born and raised in Argentina.
Argentina has a diverse landscape and plenty of land mass that allows for extreme temperatures and extreme temperatures. There’s a wealth of natural beauty to be seen in the country.
Take a trip to The Igazú Falls to the north of the country and experience over 80 meters of water crashing down. See the rainforests filled with rare animals such as the Vinaveous-breasted Amazon wild green parrot. As well as the soaring heat, there’s also extreme cold to the south including the Perito Moreno Glacier. It doesn’t matter what you’re in the mood for, Argentina likely has it.
Pope Francis is the current serving pope, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 17, 1936. Real name Jorgio Mario Bergoglio become Pope Francis after being elected to the position on March 13, 2013. He has the distinction of being the first pope born in the Americas, and is known as being one of the most humble and supportive popes there has ever been. Pope Francis regularly speaks out for the poor and marginalised people, and has made his voice heard in politics and the environment.
Another little known fact about Argentina is that it’s the birthplace of fingerprinting. It happened all the way back in 1892, following the murder of two children from Buenos Aires. Their mother – Francisca Roja – insiste that the neighbor had done the deed. The neighbor was eventually released after a week or torture and a city detective stepped in to solve the case.
The inspector in question – Inspector Alvarez – discovered a bloody fingerprint. He removed the fingerprint and had the mother fingerprinted. They were a match and Rojas became the first person to ever be found guilty through fingerprint evidence. Also interesting; the first fingerprint filing system was also made in the country, which went on to become the first country to make fingerprints the main form of identification in criminal records.
Anything I should add to this list? Feel free to tell me.