Peopling the Argentine Pampa

Peopling the Argentine Pampa

Peopling the Argentine Pampa

Peopling the Argentine Pampa

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These pages were written as a result of a journey made in 1918 on behalf of the American Geographical Society to study modern European colonization in Chile, the Argentine Republic, and Brazil. The report on Chile has already appeared in this series (Recent Colonization in Chile, Amer. Geogr. Soc. Research Series No. 6, 1921; with a related study: The Rainfall of Chile, Research Series No. 7, 1921) and that on Brazil in the Society's journal (Pictures from Southern Brazil, Geographical Review, Vol. 16, 1926, pp. 521-547).

The background of the Argentine study is some familiarity with the Creole life of the interior acquired during a residence there before the immigrants reached Córdoba or Tucumán cities in any numbers, from January, 1884, to November, 1889, the first three years in Córdoba as computer, third and second astronomer in the National Observatory, and the last three as assistant manager and treasurer of the sugar ingenio La Providencia near the city of Tucumán. Whatever changes the Argentine interior had at that time experienced from the old-Creole ways had come, not from foreigners immigrant to America, but from the impressions made on Creoles in their visits to Europe.

I had a certain intimacy with two or three delightful Creole families and some familiarity with the language and customs of the country. I have spoken in the text of the contrasts of those times and the present. Whatever characterization I have been able to make of the aspects and effects of newer immigration must rest mainly on that earlier acquaintance with the country; and it is a characterization, a picture that I have tried to draw--a picture of a vigorous infant agricultural society born in the midst of an ancient cattle culture.

There are two great works on the Argentine Republic as a whole: Pierre Denis' " La République Argentine: La mise en valeur du pays . . ."

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