Saturday, September 05, 2009

The Meaning of Argentina

Did you know that the word Argentina comes from the latin word for silver, argentum?

The origin goes back to some of the first voyages that were made by the Spanish to the area of South America where they discovered that the indigenous people gave silver objects as gifts, and later discovered rich silver deposits there.

There are several towns in the Pampas region known for the craftsmanship of their silversmiths - I'm hoping we get to see that first-hand, perhaps during a day-trip from Buenos Aires to an estancia!

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