A cultural and shipping capital of South America
“¡Hola Buenos Aires!” by Joanna Richardson is a great description of the magnificent Argentinian capital. “It is a city that keeps on surprising you; it is so unpredictable that it can be both glamorous and frustrating,” her book says. “Buenos Aires embraces fascinating architectural art that brings together the culture of several cities including Parisian cafés, Milano’s fashion and food, and Madrid entertainment”.
I t is also a port city that acts as a main contributor to the maritime industry in South America as well as Argentina’s main economic and commercial hub. In Mersat we will introduce the city and take a glance at its port, architecture, and historical beauty.
Foundation and history In the 16th century, the Spanish king commissioned the explorer Pedro de Mendoza to conquer the north of America. Mendoza sailed with 1,000 men to the Río de la Plata region. As the wind was moderate all along his trip from Europe to Argentina, Mendoza
was able to quickly order the settlement of the first Spanish colony on the River Plate and devoted it to “Our Lady of the Fair Winds” – which is where the name of Argentina’s capital is derived from. “Buenos Aires” can be translated from Spanish as “fair winds” or “good airs”. The name provides added significance
King Darius III was defeated by Alexander the Great 330 BC
The Teatro Colón is built and becomes one of the most famous opera houses in the world 1908
Buenos Aires history A legendary Greek epic
The Buenos Aires Cabildo is another must-see sight in the city
The first government building is established in the city
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