Mountain Of Silver…Where?

By  | August 11, 2017 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

The name Argentina comes from the Latin word for silver, argentum. The area that would later become Argentina was rumored to be rich in silver. There was a legend among European colonialists that there was a mountain made of silver in Argentina.

The world for silver in Spanish is plata. Argentina was referred to as the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata and the United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata at different times in its history.

In 1826, during the Argentine Civil Wars, the Constitution of Argentina was created. Although it did not last very long, this early constitution was one of the first appearances of the name Argentina in official documents.

In 1853, another constitution was created, and was known as the Argentine Constitution. In 1860, the name of the country was officially the Argentine Republic. In English, people once referred to the country as the Argentine. In Spanish the country is often referred to as la Argentina from República Argentina. Today, the country is simply referred to as Argentina in English.

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