Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The story behind the Argentinian

If you are wondering and wondering trying to figure out what the story behind the Argentinian flag, today could be the day you find out. The flag of Argentina has three horizontal stripes of sky blue, white and sky blue. On the white stripe is a sun with 32 wavy and straight alternating rays. There are two different theories about the meaning of the colors and symbol of the flag. One says that the blue represents the Rio de la Plata (river of silver) which is the widest river in the world and the white represents the metal silver. The word Argentina comes from the Latin “argutum”, that means silver. The early conquerors and explorers believed the river banks hid deposits of silver, hence the name. The other theory is that the colors of the Argentine flag stand for the Bourbon Dynasty of Spain, since Spain colonized Argentina in 1516. It took 300 years for Argentina to gain independence which came in 1816. And now you know what the story behind the Argentinian flag.

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