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Social Stud Reacts | Geography Now! Argentina

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hello everybody my name is brady and we are back with another react video and today we’re going to be checking out more geography now so we are almost done uh with the a’s since we’re doing this in alphabetical order we we’ve gone down the line and now we’re at argentina i actually don’t know if we’re almost done with the a’s i haven’t checked how many are left i’d imagine there can’t be that many more at this point but i don’t know it’s a big world maybe i’m overlooking a lot of places maybe a is just a packed category and once we get through the really packed letters uh we’ll be running through letters a little bit faster i i really don’t know i haven’t taken a look to get some reference here you would think i would know all these different countries and i’d have a good grasp of all the different countries in the world but i off the top of my head uh overlook a lot of details so today we’re going to be doing argentina i’m excited about this one uh so far i think the one that i am most excited about going into it um argentina i think uh in my experience is uh i guess under emphasize based on its like its size and influence i feel like i didn’t learn enough about argentina there’s so many interesting stories i’ve heard that kind of relate to argentina but argentina itself i feel like i never got as much as i i would be happy to get on that i’m not satisfied with my education on argentina so yeah this one should be fun i’m excited to get started uh and if you guys want me to keep doing the geography now videos keep letting me know um it’s going to take forever to get through all these but i will get to them i i i will probably maybe maybe not who knows we’ll see let’s get it started all right our first south american country this is the land of silver kind of not really welcome to argentina it’s time to learn geography the land of silver maybe it’s possible we’re talking about colonialism there maybe it’s like a lot of mythology was created around uh the new world during colonialism so maybe that’s one of the things that maybe uh the south american continent was really known for a lot of its natural resources uh spain brought back tons of hard materials because they had a currency shortage during a period during colonialism so uh extracting resources from the new world was huge so maybe that’s part of this we’ll explain more about that silver stuff later but first you know the truth cool let’s talk about the flag and you guys have told me that he has separated the flag part uh into their own series of videos which is only going to make this take even longer to go to but for the later ones uh he has videos that he dedicates entirely to flags and i i like that level of detail so i can’t argue with it uh i just know that i have so many of these ahead of me and some of you want me you actually think i’m gonna get through all of them and maybe i will but oh my gosh if they add more videos later on who knows if i’m going to be able to the argentinian flag has equally long tall white and blue stripes and it’s interesting because there technically isn’t an official meaning to these colors many will say that it resembles the sky with blue and the white clouds however many historians will tell you that it’s colored that way to represent loyalty towards the house of bourbon in the center is the sun of may emblem historians have credit this emblem to representing the incan design of the sun god inti all right that was fun now let’s talk as a flag and i like to give my thoughts on the flags as i go through them uh i really like argentina’s flag i i like this particular blue i feel like it’s not used enough and i’m very curious because i know that uh there’s another flag that’s very similar to this and when we get around to it i’m curious if there is any sort of uh crossover in uh significance like behind the flags uh with him saying that there isn’t as much meaning to the color that’s one thing that actually really does surprise me talk about argentina’s location and borders in feels deliberate the car caller choices argentina is located on the bottom part of the south american continent bordered by five other countries and the atlantic to the east it’s divided into 23 separate provinces and the autonomous capital city of buenos aires argentina’s borders are pretty simple except for that one island called isla martin garcia that lies in uruguayan waters and it’s kind of shared by both countries otherwise many of argentina’s borders are actually just natural land barriers such as the andes mountains in the west by chile and in the missionaries province the rio parana iguazu and san antonio rivers and the uruguay river for uruguay and brazil which by the way i find that in places where there are natural divides there is less drama around border disputes that may be uh an oversimplified assessment and i’m sure there are plenty of exceptions to the rule but when there isn’t something physical creating that divide you can push the line wherever you want if there is something physical on the map you can be like okay this is the exact thing that we’re not just drawing a line the line is already there and it’s mountains um it’s easier to create a firm understanding between neighboring countries because uh like who wants to fight uh each other when you’re fighting between mountains honestly it’s kind of a pain in the butt to uh have to fight in the mountains they probably don’t want to have to do that good job bub gives argentina a very distinguishable panhandle kind of like afghanistan that we studied a few weeks ago you can even i remember that due to the fact that the land is less cultivated and thanks to natural river borders it has a more lush green appearance that sticks out in contrast to its neighbor nations but then you get the arbitrary subtle borders over flat land and hills kind of like the ones by bolivia sometimes marked boldly and sometimes virtually invisible where things get really complicated though is in the south more specifically the furthest south tierra del fuego or the land of fire which is pretty ironic considering that it’s actually one of the coldest places in all of argentina was nick yeah where’s that magellan saw the native tribes using on the land when he discovered the area in the 16th century anyway it’s okay that actually makes sense i was about to say that’s stupid and maybe it is stupid in a way but at least it makes sense to somebody um yeah this is the part of argentina that i’m kind of most interested in because it’s very unique geographically being that far south on the globe there are not many examples of places to look at uh besides like of course the neighboring chile and we will get around to that it’s c so i i’m almost certain i’m gonna get to letter c before i’ve dropped this series um so yeah i’m gonna have to remember some of the stuff from this and see if there’s some crossover with chili it’s the smallest province in all of argentina and it’s actually an island that they share with chile and they kind of have like who can claim the bottom of the world competition when it comes to this territory on this island argentina has a population that far so it’s kind of a rivalry okay 19 times i didn’t know if they were friends or not the world’s southernmost city usually established in 1884 however chile didn’t back down from the fight and in the 1950s built a small little establishment just a few miles south across the beagle channel named puerto williams or cabo de ornos named after the cape horn and hence 3 000 and even their own little airport chile just barely beat argentina in having the world’s most southern town but where things get even more complicated are these islands right here oh yes argentine they’ll tell you that these islands are called the islas malvinas they totally belong to argentina no questions about it end of story they were talking about uh one of those is the falklands right on a map it’s so weird uh because like it’s always a dot on a lot of the maps that i look at when you have it zoomed in this much uh it’s a little bit of a different perspective so serious about it that they even named an entire stadium and an airport after the islands to reflect the sovereign claim that they have over the islands if you ask a british person they’ll tell you that these islands are a collectivity of islands made up of the falkland islands in the west south georgia and the south sandwich islands not to be confused with the sandwich islands which was the name originally given to the hawaiian islands argentina claims that after gaining independence from spain in 1816 the islands were given to them from the spanish empire and the british came in in 1830 and forcibly pushed out the argentines that had settled there and barred them from ever coming back however the british claimed that they were the ones that discovered the islands in the 17th century even though technically the french were the first ones to actually colonize the island and either way they have a permanent population of about 3 000 people that live on the islands that are british nationals that were born and raised on the island eventually tensions rose and they went to war over the islands in 1982. long story and we talked about the falklands uh recently in a couple videos we did the oversimplified one which was probably the more uh popular example it’s really fascinating and it’s a a great example of a legacy claim to land which are kind of iffy uh because we had a claim on this land at one point we always have a claim on it we are always entitled to that land um it’s very very iffy because if you take that sort of ideological ideology to its logical conclusion a lot of countries have claim on lands from other countries so you can only take legacy claims so far uh when it comes down to it it really is who can reinforce that claim and i don’t like that as much either cause it’s kind of a might makes right sort of thing but sometimes that’s just how it be sometimes i sympathize more with some legacy claims than others it’s really something i take on a case-by-case basis i find it difficult to have a firm principled uh uh take on that sort of issue because there’s just so many details that go into the specific groups that are involved that it is so hard to just draw a hard line in the sand on that issue story short the uk was able to fight off the argentine troops and hold on to the islands although argentina still doesn’t recognize the uk’s sovereign claim it’s kind of funny oh still that’s fine former uk prime minister gordon brown actually met up with argentine president christina fernandez de kirchner and when it came to the falkland island thing they just kind of awkwardly said they wouldn’t talk about it well that was a lot yeah now let’s talk about what the land actually let’s leave that alone argentina is one of the most diverse countries in terms of landscape in almost every corner you see something that is completely different from the opposite corner that you were just at in the north by brazil and paraguay you can find rainforests and lush humid tropic zones in the interior and midwest you can find flat pompas and farmlands and hills in the west by chile you find the mountains with the highest point being mount akankagua which by the way is the highest mountain in all of south america in the east totally underrated mountain you find nice coastal beaches a little bit further south you can find ranches and mineral mines and a little bit further south from that you can find cold and chilly rocky deserts and cacti in the patagonia region a lot of the great mountains that are talked about are like old world mountains and i find that really interesting i don’t i don’t know what that is maybe uh people are just not as interested in mountain climbing in south america though i don’t know what the there’s an incredible culture behind mountain climbing and i i know a guy who’s really into that stuff and i wish i could ask him questions about that right now uh because this is this is one that i i’m sure there’s a very interesting conversation we had here any mountain enthusiasts in the uh in the comments uh sound off uh let us know and petrified wood forest such as the one in oroche if you go even further south into the end of the patagonia region you can find glaciers and ice this is the coldest part of pretty sick kind of interesting though because i like the diversity south america has what you would probably call a reverse double rain shadow effect in which wind currents cause the moisture to stay in the north part of argentina making the north part of chile a desert and the complete o in the south in which argentina becomes a desert and chile has a lush green interior kind of interesting oh that’s really cool story argentina was actually originally colonized because the settlers thought that the land would be rich in silver hence where argentina gets its name the latin word argentum which means silver however in a weird turn of events argentina was actually rich in almost every single mineral except silver zinc copper and lead can be found in various mines all over however argentina is especially rich in boron making art yeah i believe the spanish made a killing in silver in the new world but i suppose that was just not in argentina argentina must have just been the exception to the rule but uh yeah they they uh they got lots of great raw materials there that the fact that uh uh i i love the irony that always comes in uh uh the naming of things in colonialism that that that is a really funny little detail you’ll always find these little things where there’s a little bit of irony behind these foundings argentina the third largest boron producer in the world after turkey in the u.s hope i haven’t yet without okay that was terrible let’s just here’s the demographics cool that’s what we care about we love the people cena has a population of about 41 million people or roughly the same as the country of sudan the argentines have a saying those argentinos barcos or the argentines are descended from the boats meaning that argentina is almost completely and entirely a country of immigrants argentina can actually disputably be considered as the whitest country in all of south america it’s kind of hard percentages though because many argentine census reports don’t really factor in race too often but even the most conservative estimates okay argentina has somewhere around 85 to 95 european believe it or not about half i didn’t know this same population is italian or at least partial italian in their descent floods of people from italy immigrated in the 19th and 20th centuries to avoid economic turmoil in the mother country and saw argentina as a way to rebuild their lives spanish of course plays into that mix as well and about 17 of the people identify as french and about 8 german with the remaining european groups coming from a slew of countries like norway sweden the netherlands and so on in fact interestingly enough if you go to the chubut province in the south you can actually find a town of about fifty thousand welsh people called uh a good portion of these people are actually in welsh making argentina one of the few places in the world where you can actually find a genuine welsh community with instituted facilities that speak welsh as a as a main language things why is that hilarious to me i i have had kind of a running joke on the channel that i don’t understand the welsh i don’t understand what wales is i sometimes question whether or not it really exists this mostly comes from geogesser and whenever i get dropped in the uk and i’m always looking for northern ireland or scotland or england but like i’m never thinking like yeah this is looking like whales here because i didn’t really know what distinguishes whales from any other place in the uk like i didn’t really get what stood out so that became kind of the running joke on the channel uh so just any mention of the welsh kind of cracks me up a little i maybe it’s wrong to to do that but it is kind of what it is at this point let’s get a little fuzzy though when it comes to the natives although people who identify as full-blooded amerindian only make up about two percent of the population about nine percent of the population identify as mestizo or mixed between amerindian and european however a recent study by geneticist daniel korach has theorized that over half of the entire population of argentina probably has at least one ancestor that was amerindian argentina actually used to have a surprisingly large black population especially during the colonial days and at one that would make some of its colonization blacks actually made up a third of the entire population however after independence of bad sun population of blacks sharply declined due to a number of factors such as epidemics anti-african legislation in the early years and many of them emigrated to more african friendly nations like paraguay and brazil today they made i was about to say like yeah that having such a high percentage and then it becoming such a low percentage only terrible things could happen there it doesn’t seem like there was like any single catastrophic event which uh is is good but yeah i’d imagine the the conditions were not particularly favorable it’s good that they had a place to go uh the ones who were able to get out of there make up less than one percent of the entire population however they have definitely left their mark on argentine culture with contributions to art and music and arguably the inception of the tango when it comes to culture oh yeah has a very defined and nationalistic approach to how they operate and view in life they like to keep things classy but in their own argentinian way distinct from the european way the last thing an argentinian wouldn’t want to hear you say is you are so spanish argentina also has culture as they are the fifth largest producer of wine in the world and they’re very heavy on soccer or football and basketball with an imp i i kind of uh i i heard about them being big on basketball i i wasn’t sure what that was about um there is uh an interesting relationship with new world countries and their former colonizers uh and it varies all over the place some will be more friendly with their colonizers than others like americans we have kind of an anti-monarchical bend to us uh we have sometimes an anti-british bend to us every once in a while around the 4th of july maybe but overall i i don’t think we have a particularly bad relationship with the british i’m from new england though so uh we we have not firmly separated our identity from those british imperial roots and then there’s the canadian relationship with the old world which is i think even more complicated because they have kind of their own like british french back and forth going on over there which is very interesting so it’s always fun to see how people will separate themselves and relate to their former colonizers it doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad relationship just because you’re separate now but everybody does in a way want their own identity and that’s something that i find that is very consistent even in places with decent relationships canadians want to be distinctly canadian whatever that means to them americans want to be distinctly american whatever that happens to mean to them and i guess it’s the same with argentinians which is really cool i’m just producer of wine very interesting they’re very heavy on soccer or football and basketball with an impressive amount of players already having been drafted in the nba such as my favorite andres noscione speaking of international trade-offs let’s talk about argentina’s friends our friends are always fun in order to understand how argentina works diplomatically you kind of have to understand its history since its independence argentina has gone through a lot of crazy times to make things short argentina was part of the spanish empire as well as many of her neighbor nations however when an empire collapses guess what happens internal conflict in post-colonial independent times argentina has had wars and battles with every single one of her neighbor nations except for uruguay today argentina gets along pretty well with her siblings even though she adopted different trade policies from many of them now when it comes to spain argentina definitely does not have post-colonial stockholm syndrome now granted argentines do love spanish people they just don’t like the spanish government however when it comes to their best friends argentina would probably consider uruguay and italy their best friends i don’t know when exactly argentina broke off as opposed to like the other countries around them i i know that a lot of rebellion occurred during internal conflict within spain uh so kind of taking advantage of the internal conflict or just realizing that the spanish can’t do as much for you right now so we got to figure out how to manage ourselves that sort of ideology i don’t know what the situation was with argentina but i know that was a situation with a lot of former spanish colonies aguay has a very similar demographic and declared independence and they have been very close for as long as their country’s conceptions some might even argue that uruguay is kind of like the cute little sidekick of argentina and of course italy is definitely a huge player in the art it’s adorable not only do over half of the people in argentina identify with italy ethnically but many of the major and most important companies in argentina are italian-based such as tekint iveco pirelli and telecom in conclusion argentina might not exactly be the country oh really that it was originally thought to be but the spirit of the people with their fierce culture and passion definitely make them look golden stay tuned armenia is coming up armenia oh that’s going to be an interesting conversation i’m sure um uh yeah who knows how many a’s we have left i get i guess i’ll just i haven’t been looking into it i’m just gonna find out as we go i think if i know how much i have left it’s gonna get too intimidating so i’m just gonna feel like the every single time i’m going to be like the next video for all i know it could be the last one bro no even though i know there’s uh uh probably a country for every letter in the alphabet maybe actually i wonder if there’s any letters that get skipped i guess i’ll find out um thank you guys for watching uh shout out to argentina if any of you are in the uh comments i know i have some argentinians the demographics say so i don’t look at my analytics too much anymore but uh what i do like to look at is uh what countries you guys are coming from and uh out of any country i’m surprised to see as many argentinians as i do so that’s interesting so shout outs to the argentinians let me know i i had lots of questions and stuff during this video if you guys have anything for me i’m all ears i’ll uh i’m down to listen and learn about your culture and stuff like that so thank you and i will see you guys maybe tomorrow with another video i’ve been taking more days off recently uh partly to get some rest and partly because my allergies are bad and i don’t feel like recording videos through my sniffles so uh i’m not gonna say tomorrow but pretty soon all right i’ll see you pretty soon alright bye


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