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Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Next Wednesday, February 20th, Argentina celebrates the bicentenary of the Battle of Salta. As many relevant events occur between 1810 (our liberation from Spain) and 1816 (our Declaration of Independence), the government chose to celebrate these battles and landmarks with special holidays.

The battle of Salta, a province in the north of Argentina, took place February 20th, 1813 in Campo Castañares. It was a fundamental battle in the war for Independence, as it regained control of the north of the country for local government and a key victory over the Realist Army.

This battle is also famous for being the first one with the recently created Argentinian flag. The sky-blue and white stripes and the yellow sun, where displayed in the shores of Juramento river. General Manuel Belgrano, the designer of our flag was in charge of the Argentinian troops in Salta.

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