Dee Plomassy in Argentina
Dee: Bienvenidos! Let me show you around Buenos Aires. It’s quite capital.
The Plaza de Mayo. All the political players in Buenos Aires end up here, sooner of later. This plaza has seen thousands of rallies of demonstrations over the years. Any group with a point to make will assemble it supported here, just to be sure the government want it northern.
You’ll find lots of info at the Cabildo National Historical Museum. Here’s just a few historical highlights. Spanish explorers founded Buenos Aires in 1536. In 1810, the city was the first place in South America to elect its own government’s independence of Spain, although Argentina wasn’t officially independent until 1816. From then on, well, as politics often does, it gets complicated.
The Buenos Aires Municipal Palace is the seat of city government, and what a city it is. This huge cosmopolitan port is home to about a third of all Argentineans. They call themselves “portenos”. They’re charming, friendly, sophisticated, and helpful. What more could a visiting detective ask for?
Here’s Avenida Nueve de Julio. July 9th Avenue. It’s the widest city streets in the world. So don’t cross when the light is red.
At the end of Avenida Nueve de Julio is the Obelisco, a monument built in 1936 for the city’s 400th anniversary. When it was new, the Obelisco was so unpopular that the city council voted to tear it down. They never thought around to it, though, so the monument still stands.
Metropolitan Cathedral stands in Plaza de Mayo amidst government buildings. Here, unlike in the USA, religion and politics are allowed to mix. The Catholic church helped craft Argentine independence, and still influences politics today.
Here’s the Archbishop’s Office. A palace spot, since most of Argentina’s people are Catholic. Unlike other South Americans, very few Argentineans trace their ancestry back to native South American tribes. They’re mostly the descendants of Spanish and Italian settlers, with French, German, and other European nationalities throning.
Ah, yes. The Casa Rosada, home of the President. Through the years, it’s in a lot of fighting over who gets to live in this pink house. Its most famous inhabitants were General Juan Peron, who became president in 1944, and his wife Eva, an actress who was originally popular. She was known as Evita. Perhaps you’re proud of her?