Argentina since Independence by Leslie Bethell

By Leslie Bethell

Argentina seeing that Independence brings jointly seven chapters from Volumes three, five, and eight of The Cambridge heritage of Latin the United States to supply in one quantity an financial, social, and political heritage of Argentina considering that independence. each one bankruptcy is observed by way of a bibliographical essay.

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The destruction of the Unitarian forces in the interior, however, provoked rather than paralysed the littoral provinces. Their rebellion was eventually frustrated as much by their own disunity as by the energy of Oribe, who forced them to desist and disarm in December From independence to national organization 33 1841. By February 1843 Oribe dominated the littoral. Rivera and the emigres were enclosed within Montevideo, while Oribe and the rosistas were stationed at the Cerrito on the outskirts.

It required relatively low investments in land and technology, and, if practised on an extensive scale in large units capable of dealing with fluctuating export markets, it yielded very high profits. Investments had to be concentrated in cattle; therefore abundant, cheap and secure land was required. But cattle-raising gave a limited range of exports, mainly hides and jerked beef, for which international demand was not likely to grow. The market for hides was far from dynamic, even when continental Europe began to supplement Great Britain; and the demand for salt beef, limited to the slave economies of Brazil and Cuba, was more likely to contract than expand.

Commercial war therefore gave way to military conflict. By 18 5 9 both sides were ready for a new trial by battle. Urquiza's army defeated that of Mitre at the battle of Cepeda, but Buenos Aires accepted 40 Argentina since independence incorporation into the confederation with great reluctance. It still had reserves of money and manpower, and in 1861 it fought back once more. The two sides met at the battle of Pavon, an encounter which was interpreted if not as a victory for Mitre at least as a defeat for the confederation, demonstrably incapable of imposing its will on the recalcitrant province.

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