Argentinean history dates all the way back to pre Columbian times with early settlements on the very tip of the continent in Patagonia. When the Spanish arrived in the Sixteenth Century they brought many items and ideas from Europe. Many of these things have influenced the people and local cuisine.
It is not easy to describe cultural influences without using the term “diversity”. There are many different regions and ethnic groups within the area and although they are separate in nature, they share many common bonds that make this area something special.
You will find more than one language across the Argentinean landscape. However, the dominant language is Spanish. Yet, the farther north you venture, the more local dialects one will encounter.
Argentinean literature has been rich with political activism for many years. This was especially true in the Nineteenth Century. The main struggle was created by the many separate factions in Argentina. People known as Federalists who wanted to keep things the way they were, and Unitarians that were interested in uniting the area under one government. Federalists worked to preserve a way of life while Unitarians encouraged immigration along with European influence and ideals.
European presence can be felt in paintings and culture but not as much as one might think. For instance, impressionism did not really catch on until the dawn of the Twentieth Century. One can enjoy some excellent examples of post impressionism from well-known artists like Cleto Ciocchini or Ramon Silva.
By the 1920s artistic work in the region expanded, literally. This is where some of the finest murals in the world began. No trip to Buenos Aires would be complete without visiting the barrio region known as “La Boca”. This area is popular among tourists with its many attractions. Besides the breathtaking murals in the city, colorfully painted houses are a sight to behold.
When you look at Argentinean architecture you can see its Spanish and baroque influences. In fact, French and Italian influences are common, also. One can appreciate simple forms of housing as well as magnificent skyscrapers that dwarf the landscape.
The Argentinean film industry has been around since the early part of the Twentieth Century. This is the birth place of animated feature films. In addition, more than eighty full-length movies are produced here each year.