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Argentina Flag

Shop for authentic Argentina Flags. We offer indoor and outdoor Argentina flags in durable nylon. Our outdoor flags are finished with a canvas heading, while indoor flags are finished with a lined pole hem and your choice of with or without fringe. We also offer indoor and outdoor Argentina flag sets. In addition to the flags we offer for purchase, we maintain an archive of the audio for the Argentina National Anthem, historical information about the Argentina flag, and demographic data about Argentina

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History of the Argentinean Flag

The Argentina flag was designed by Manuel Belgrano, the leader of the Argentinean revolution. The flag was adopted on February 12th 1812 and can be described as a "triband flag" comprised of three horizontal sections of blue, white, and blue. The center of the flag features a golden sun in the middle.

The most popular interpretation of the meaning of the flag is that the blue color with the white in the middle signifies the blue sky dividing to reveal white clouds. It is thought that this is what happened on 25th May 1810, when the first liberation demonstration occurred in Argentina's fight for independence. It is also thought by some that the white on the flag is actually silver, representing one of the biggest natural resources in Argentina.

The original Argentina flag was created four years before independence from Spain was declared and it did not include the sun on it. The "Sun of May" was added to the flag in 1818. The flag that includes the sun is known as the "Official Ceremonial Flag" and the flag without the sun is known as the "Ornamental Flag."

The sun represents the May revolution and is also a national emblem. Juan De Dios Tupac Amaru designed the sun which has 32 rays, and pays tribute to Inti, the Inca God of Sun. Uruguay's flag features the same sun, but with a different number of rays.

Spain controlled Argentina from 1516 and maintained control for 300 years. The Spanish named Buenos Aires as the capital and the Spanish explorer, Juan de Garay brought the language and religion to the country. Many Argentineans revolted against this and in 1806, when the British army entered the country and fought with the Spanish troops, Argentina had the opportunity to claim independence and create their own government.

Each year, on the 20th of June, national flag day is celebrated in memory of Manuel Belgrano, the designer of the flag. The flag is raised in memory of the soldiers that fought in the revolution for the independence. Large celebrations occur in Rosario, where the flag was first hoisted in 1812 by Belgrano and there is an annual parade featuring the army, war veterans, and public officials.

Argentina is now thriving and is in fact one of the wealthiest Latin American countries. The majority of the population of Argentina is European. Buenos Aires is the capital of the country and also the biggest city. It is referred to as the "Paris of South America," due to the major European influence and has become a major tourist destination in large part due to the many monuments and historical sites.

Geographic Coordinates
34 00 S, 64 00 W
Area
2,780,400 sq km
Population
41,343,201
Life Expectancy
76.76 years
Government Type
Republic
Capital
Buenos Aires
GDP
$558 billion (2009 est.)
Unemployment
8.7% (2009 est.)
Currency
Argentine peso (ARS)
Calling Code
+54
Internet TLD
.ar

Argentina National Anthem

Argentine National Anthem (Himno Nacional Argentino)

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Lyrics

Hear, mortals, the sacred cry:

"Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!"
Hear the noise of broken chains,
see the noble Equality enthroned.

Their most honorable throne have opened
the United Provinces of the South.
And the free ones of the world reply:
"To the Argentine people, hail!"
"To the Argentine people, hail!"
And the free ones of the world reply:
"To the Argentine people, hail!"
And the free ones of the world reply:
"To the Argentine people, hail!"

May the laurels be eternal
the ones we managed to win,
the ones we managed to win.
Let us live crowned in glory...
or let us swear in glory to die!
Or let us swear in glory to die!
Or let us swear in glory to die!