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A more positive outlook for our region is a welcome development

Argentine President Milei’s radical change in direction after 70 years of Peronism is being watched inside the country (the poor and middle classes suffer most of the pain of change) and by the rest of the investment world as the changes occur. So far, the response has been positive, even by those most affected by the changes. Success will likely cause neighbouring countries to follow suit, attracting a flood of investment capital looking for a home in a troubled world. Europe, the US and the Middle East…

Argentine President Javier Milei gets himself on Time’s front cover

Before anyone jumps to any conclusions about why, it has nothing to do with whether he is good or bad as a president. Presidents like Hitler, Nixon, and Trump would have never otherwise appeared on the cover. It is purely because he is an icon for the libertarian movement of our times. Still considered by the majority the country’s economic saviour, President Javier Milei now finds himself in the unenviable position of despising his new office. The opulent Casa Rosada, with its lavish blue chair and intricately…

Argentine libertarian President Javier Milei has introduced measures which are causing the USD to weaken domestically for the first time against the domestic peso

Just four months into office, President Javier Milei has achieved a critical feat in a country long ravaged by runaway inflation: stabilising Argentina’s currency. The peso has, in fact, not only stopped plunging day after day but is also rallying sharply in one key foreign exchange market—there are many of them here, a byproduct of the country’s web of byzantine rules—the blue-chip swap. The peso has soared 25 per cent against the dollar over the past three months in this market, which is used…

Buenos Aires: Palacio Álzaga Unzué: The most luxurious wedding gift in Argentina’s history

On May 8th, 1916, a large party was in Buenos Aires. Two offspring of the aristocracy, Félix Saturnino de Álzaga Unzué, 31, and Elena Peña Unzué, 24, were married with all pomp and ceremony in the Church of St. Augustine. The couple received innumerable gifts corresponding to a wedding of that rank. But nothing was like the gift of the groom that he gave to his new wife: a superb palace a few meters from the exclusive Avenue Alvear in the neighbourhood of Retiro, which still surprises many with its noble…

The Argentine Falklands/Malvinas Case still has not been settled, but there is hope

Breaking the Deadlock in the Anglo-Argentine Sovereignty Dispute REFUTATION OF THE BRITISH PAMPHLET “GETTING IT RIGHT: THE REAL HISTORY OF THE FALKLANDS/MALVINAS” by Marcelo G. Kohen and Facundo D. Rodríguez The dispute over the South Atlantic islands that Britain calls the Falklands and Argentina claims as the Islas Malvinas has unique features. Still, the legal and political problems at its centre—the tension between sovereignty based on prior title, the principle of territorial integrity, and the…

Classical French Architecture in Buenos Aires

From 1880, admirers of France as a model republic for cultural and aesthetic tastes, known as the ‘Generation of ‘80’, began to expand globally. The classical French style began to heavily influence even Non-French European Architects. At the beginning of the 19th century, European tendencies and influences penetrated Argentina after the wars of independence. As the new republic constructed a nation, the Argentine government aimed to move away from its colonial roots. At the time, Argentina prospered…

La Candelaria Castle in Lobos, Buenos Aires

In 1840 Don Orestes Piñeiro (pharmacist) bought his first farms in Lobos, around 100km from Buenos Aires city. The castle itself was designed by the French architect Alberto Favre hired by Manuel Fraga, who was impressed by a similar one he saw in France on the banks of the Loire river. He hired the best workman, bringing all the necessary materials from Europe. Construction started in 1894 (it took approximately 5 years) and has a size of 1200 m2.  The family then had it landscaped by Charles Thays, a French…

The facade of the De Ridder mansion on Alvear Avenue in Buenos Aires during its expansion, around 1927

In Buenos Aires’ golden age, Alvear Avenue was Frenchified. It was based on the aesthetics of large residences preserved along with its short six blocks that, with few exceptions, recreated in the Beaux-Arts style of the Ancien Régime. The culmination of its axis is the great dome of the old residence Ortiz Basualdo, the current French Embassy, to which the Plaza Carlos Pellegrini with its monument by Jules-Félix Coutan serves as a setting, that can be considered as the apotheosis of a paradigm that…

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…

Argentina seen through different eyes

Historians will normally agree that history is best written by those who are not nationals of the country they are writing about. So it is not surprising that when The New York Times sent a journalist to cover the Southern Cone, once said that Argentina was like a five-star hotel in which all the guests were complaining about the room service. His metaphor had a message: that those fractious hotel guests had no reason to complain about the room service. They merely had to stop bickering and recognise what they…

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…
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