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Argentina

The names of Argentina, the Rio de la Plata, and the city of La Plata are all derived from the Latin or Spanish word for silver. Early explorers were in quest of a legendary mountain treasure of silver—the Sierra de la Plata—but, though Peru and Bolivia are major exporters of silver ore, Argentina is not. An hour’s drive south of Buenos Aires, La Plata is the capital city of the province of Buenos Aires, and was founded in 1882 as a planned city: a gridded square bisected with diagonal streets (lined with linden trees), which converge at several plazas. Today, the city is a university town, populated with students from all over the country and the world.




 

 

Argentina