The British World and its role in the relationship between New Zealand and the South Cone of South America 1820 – 1914

This research article traces the little-known relationship between New Zealand and the Southern Cone countries of South America that existed between 1820 and the First World War. While New Zealanders were found throughout Latin America in many occupations, undoubtedly because of the established British presence, the links with the Southern Cone were particularly extensive. The basis of the relationship, which promised then to be ongoing, was the movement of ships, goods, people, animals, plants, know-how, technology…

War History: Admiral Graf von Spee’s WW1 sunken flagship found off Argentina’s coast

Marine Archeologist Mensun Bound was the leader of the mission which discovered the flagship of Admiral Graf von Spee’s squadron, was born in the Malvinas (Falkland Islands), and since a child, has been obsessed with the sea, its mysteries, myths and the great Battle of the Malvinas (Falkland Islands), a decisive naval action at the start of the Great War of 1914. In his words, he will tell us how the mighty Scharnhorst was finally discovered, “lawnmowing” the bottom of the sea, as well as the…

The Estrugamou in Buenos Aires – The Pinnacle of French Classical Architecture

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On the corner of Juncal and Esmeralda streets, in the Retiro neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, sits a stately and imposing relic of an era of French architecture in Buenos Aires, a city often dubbed the “Paris of South America.” The residential Estrugamou Building, or Edificio Estrugamou, resembles an aristocratic French mansion with its chimneys, mansard roof, cornices, and three-story classical columns. The first wave of French architects came to Argentina in the 1820s, shortly after independence from Spain…

The early Scots pioneers in Argentina and the Patagonia Austral (Chile)

The early Scots pioneers in Argentina and the Patagonia Austral As part of the massive exodus of European peoples, significant Scots emigrated overseas the hundred years before the First World War. Most settled in the United States of America or Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other parts of Britain’s vast empire. A significant minority, however, emigrated to South American states, Argentina being a popular choice. The first Scots settled there in the years before Argentina became an independent confederation…

Argentine-owned Buquebus has under construction the largest 100% electric high-speed catamaran ferry in the world

Shipbuilders Incat Tasmania has begun constructing what they claim will be the world’s largest electric ferry boat. The 130-meter-long unit has been ordered by Buquebús, which offers passenger services between Buenos Aires and the Uruguayan ports of Colonia and Montevideo through the Río de la Plata. It was reported to have room for 2,100 travellers and 226 vehicles. Buquebus is owned by Argentine Juan Carlos López Mena Plans for the ninth Incat vessel to join the Buquebus fleet were originally announced…

Recently appointed President Javier Milei has passed a “mega decree” that includes the repealing the land foreign ownership rules

The Government will remove the rule that in 2011 limited the sale of fields to foreigners. This law is amongst the 200 pages of other modified or removed to fire up Argentina’s economy and remove the damage that 70 years of Peronism have done to one of the world’s most important economies. These points, among others, are contained in the megadecree of necessity and urgency that the Government will announce. This Wednesday, according to reports, President Javier Milei will…

On Arroyo Street: there is a new luxury hotel in Buenos Aires in a historic building

The Mihanovich Building, where the once elegant Sofitel hotel once operated, will reopen its doors in January as a new luxury hotel: Casa Lucía. For 15 years, the iconic Sofitel hotel stood as a benchmark of elegance and luxury in the Retiro neighbourhood. On the imposing Arroyo Street, full of art galleries, design shops, restaurants, award-winning bars and embassies, this iconic establishment marked its presence in one of the most impressive historical buildings in the city. After the Cabezas family failed…

This is the most Parisian street in all of Buenos Aires: it has the best cafes, and it is where the most renowned art galleries are located

Buenos Aires is characterised by its neighbourhoods of French architecture. Each one of them is completely different when it comes to going through them. For example, in the Retiro neighbourhood, there is Calle Arroyo, one of the most beautiful streets in the city. Over time, this art centre managed to become one of the places in the city that manages to attract the attention of all tourists who decide to visit Buenos Airesl. WHAT IS ARROYO STREET LIKE? Arroyo Street is one of the most picturesque in Buenos…

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We offer South American real estate investment opportunities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. We know buying South American Real Estate has specific rules for foreign citizens, rules we are familiar with and have worked with extensively. This is why we have created a programme to guide international buyers through purchasing real estate in South America, from finding properties for sale to helping clients comply with the required paperwork and legal procedures. South American News And…

These residential areas of Buenos Aires are in a boom, and that will precipitate a change in the property cycle of the local real estate market

The return to the office of workers cooled the demand for green, and the southern area of the city of Buenos Aires was the only one that registered record sales. The real estate market was going through one of the worst stages in terms of the low number of operations but, paradoxically, construction is experiencing a construction boom in the City of Buenos Aires and its surroundings. This phenomenon has its explanation: developers want to take advantage of a construction cost, in US dollars, that is at the…

How landlords and tenants survive in a country with 100% plus inflation

Landlords and Tenants in Argentina are between a rock and a hard place. There is a substantial rental property shortage caused by an incompetent government that made laws that made it so unattractive for Landlords to rent properties that many choose to short-term their properties using tools like Airbnb. Hopefully, a new government will change these, making the market more stable. The Chamber of Deputies passed a bill this week that proposes, to put it simply, to restore some of the controversial aspects of…

Argentina’s likely new President intends to snap the current oppressive farming taxes and privatise the state oil company.

Javier Milei – the libertarian candidate in Argentina’s Presidential Election – would remove state interference from Argentina’s massive farming industry, resulting in a boom in exports and foreign investment. Milei, a free-market advocate, promised to dismantle the policies that have prevented agricultural investment in this century. Milei would eliminate export tax quotas and unify the foreign exchange rate. He also wants to stop direct interference in food prices. On Wednesday, Milei…

Hume Palace was built for a Scottish Railway Magnate in Alvear Avenue Buenos Aires

Alvear Avenue is emblematic of the elegance of Buenos Aires. The street contains an essential collection of architecture from the 1900s. In the first period, right up to the country’s first centennial, it was a street lined with Italianate villas or Victorian mansions with lush gardens. Then in the 10’s and ’20s, almost everything was replaced by private hotels of great size, inspired by the French architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as evidenced by the current headquarters…

Javier Milei, a far-right libertarian, won the Argentine primary elections.

The La Libertad Avanza candidate seeks to abolish the Central Bank in its present form and adopt the US dollar as the country’s currency; he received 30 per cent of the vote in the presidential election. A far-right Libertarian candidate won Sunday’s presidential primary in surprising support for a politician who wants to adopt the US dollar as Argentina’s official currency. Congressman, economist and former television commentator Javier Milei, 52, achieved 30 per cent of the votes after 96…

Why South America should be considered a Preferred Investment Destination

GTSA principal Geoffrey McRae has lived and owned real estate in South America since 2003, so he has his own views of its opportunities and risks. He founded the real estate group under the Gateway to South America brand covering Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, so he has seen the benefits and challenges of operating in each country and market. In his opinion, business success in the region relies on the ability to understand the countries’ histories, their business customs and learn…
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