by Paul Jones
When I first visited Buenos Aires, Argentina in late 1979 a British guidebook described the country as 98% White. I had my doubts, but then I had heard that Argentina was supposed to be the most European of the Latin American countries.
As time went by, I realized that for the case of the city of Buenos Aires to a certain extent this was true, but for the rest of the country it was mainly Mestizo. The Argentines gradually pushed back the Indians towards Patagonia in the south, in a similar type of movement as had happened in the United States with westward expansion. But whereas in the United States there was a certain amount of admixture, the expansion mainly involved white families moving along the famous wagon trains such as the Oregon Trail. The saying, “The only good Indian is a dead Indian,” showed the general…
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