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230Mil BC
A small 4-foot-long, 10-15 pound dinosaur, later named Eodromaeus (dawn runner), inhabited South America. Its fossils were discovered in the 1990s in northeastern Argentina.
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180Mil BC
70Mil BC
Dinosaur fossils of this age were later found in the El Chocon region of Patagonia. They included the plant-eating Gasparinisaura.
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135Mil BC
A fierce marine crocodile, with a dinosaur head and a fish-like tail, inhabited a vast southern ocean that covered much of what became Argentina. Discovery of a fossil skull with 52 jagged teeth was reported in 2005 for a 12-foot specimen nicknamed “Godzilla” and chico malo.” It was named Dakosaurus andiniensis.

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100Mil BC
In 2000 It was reported that researchers had unearthed a pack of large predatory dinosaurs in Patagonia that dated back to this time.
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100Mil BC
Spinosaurus, a 55 foot, 8 ton dinosaur with crocodile-like jaws lived during this time in Argentina, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria.
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99Mil BC
96Mil BC
A saber-toothed, squirrel-like creature lived about this time. Fossils of the animal, named Cronopio dentiacutus, were discovered in 2011 in the Rio Negro region of Argentina.
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97Mil BC
94Mil BC
A giant dinosaur lived in Patagonia about this time. Its first fossils were found in 1987 and later named Argentinosaurus. It is among the largest known dinosaurs.
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95Mil BC
Gigantosaurus, a 47 foot, 8 ton dinosaur with 8-inch-long serrated teeth lived during this time in Argentina.
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90Mil BC
Mudstone of this age from Plaza Huincul in Patagonia revealed fossil pieces in 1996 of the huge Megaraptor.
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90Mil BC
Scientists in 2005 announced the discovery in Argentina of a rooster-size fossil named Buitreraptor gonzalezorum. It dates back 90 million years and closely resembles fossils from the North. It was part of the class called dromaesaurs believed to have originated 180 million years ago in Laurasia. The new find was evidence that dromaesaurs originated in Pangea, be-fore it broke apart to form Laurasia and Gondwanaland.
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90Mil BC
The fossil of a snake that lived in Patagonia at this time was found in 2006 with 2 small rear legs. The snake, under 3 feet long, was named Najash rionegrina.
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80Mil BC
Fossil eggs and embryos of titanosaurs and apatosaurus of this age were later found in the Patagonian badlands of Argentina.
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65Mil BC
Argentinasaurus, a 120 foot, 100 ton dinosaur lived during this time in South America.
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15Mil BC
The fossil of a large bird from this time was found in Patagonia, Argentina, in 2004. The skull of the 10-foot-tall, flightless predator measured 28 inches and was identified in 2006 as an offshoot of the phorusrhacids (terror birds).
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3.3Mil BC
A mile-wide asteroid hit the coast of what became Argentina. It may have abruptly cooled the climate and caused the deaths of 36 species of huge animals, that included giant armadillos and sloths.
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8000 BC
The 15-foot, 3-toed Macrauchenia, a native of Patagonia, went extinct about this time. It had a body like a camel, a neck like a giraffe, and a flexible nose like an elephant’s trunk. Its fossil was discovered by Charles Darwin during his trip to the region (1833-1834).
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2500 BC
A meteor shower hit Argentina about this time in "Campo del Cielo" (Field of Heaven) on the border between Chaco and Santiago del Estero. In 2016 scientists uncovered a 30-ton meteorite in the area they called Gancedo.
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1500
In northern Argentina 3 Inca children were sacrificed. In 1999 a team of archeologists discovered their frozen mummies on Mount Llullaillaco.
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1515
Juan Diaz de Solis, Spanish navigator, reached the Rio de la Plata in South America and discovered Argentina.
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1516
Juan Diaz de Solis, Spanish explorer, was killed on the coast of Argentina.
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1520 Oct 21
Ferdinand Magellan arrived at Tierra Del Fuego (Argentina-Chile).
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1535
Spanish conquistadors attempted to create a settlement in the Buenos Aires area but were driven away by the Karandias Indians.
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1535
The Spaniards founded a temporary settlement on the banks of the Rio de la Plata that 45 years later becomes the city of Buenos Aires.
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1536 Feb 2
The Argentine city of Buenos Aires was founded by Pedro de Mendoza of Spain. The memorial Column standing at the center of Buenos Aires, gives the date as 1500.
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1573
Argentina’s city of Cordoba was founded and shaped by the Jesuits as a cultural center.
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1577
In Cordoba, Argentina, the Iglesia Cathedra Plaza San Martin was started.
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1578 Jul 2
In Puerto San Julian, Patagonia, Argentina, English privateer Capt. Francis Drake beheaded his friend John Doughty (b.1545) under accusations of treason and witchcraft.
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1580
A 2nd Buenos Aires was founded near the mouth of the Rio de la Plata.
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1680
Portuguese founded Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay) for smuggling contraband across the Rio de la Plata to Spanish-controlled Argentina.
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1770
1779
Blacks were 1st brought to Argentina in the 1770s to toil on large haciendas and work as domestic servants.
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1778 Feb 25
Jose Francisco de San Martin (d.1850) was born in Argentina. He liberated Argentina, Chile and Peru. Protector of Peru (1821-1822).

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1778
A census in Argentina showed that about 30% of the 24,363 residents of Buenos Aires were African.
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1806 Jun 27
Buenos Aires was captured by British. [see Jul 5]
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1806 Jul 5
A Spanish army repelled the British during their attempt to retake Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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1810 May 25
Argentina declared independence and began its revolt from Napoleonic Spain.
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1810 May 29
Juan B. Alberdi [Figarillo], Argentine politician, writer, was born.
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1810 Aug 29
Juan Bautista Alberdi (d,1884), Argentine politician, writer, was born.
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1810
1817
Colonial revolts against Spain started in Chile in 1810 and ended in victory in 1817 under the leadership of Bernardo O‘Higgins and Argentina‘s Jose de San Martin.
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1813
Argentina was the first country in the Americas to abolish slavery.
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1814
Jose Francisco de San Martin (1778-1850) became general in chief of Argentina’s Army of the North. His primary mission was to protect Argentina against Spanish royalists in Peru.
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1816 Jul 9
Argentina declared independence from Spain. Argentina assumed that the Malvina Islands (Falkland Islands) were included.
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1817 Jan 17
Jose Francisco de San Martin led a revolutionary army from Argentina over Andes into Chile.
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1817 Feb 12
Argentina’s Jose de San Martin, having led a revolutionary army over the Andes into Chile, helped defeat the Spanish forces at Chacabuco. The royalists lost 500 men in the battle and another 600 were taken prisoner.
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1821 Jul 28
Peru declared its independence from Spain. Lima had been the seat of the Spanish viceroys until this time. Jose Francisco de San Martin of Argentina had blockaded Lima and forced the Spanish viceroy to abandon the city. Martin returned to Argentina in 1822
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1824
Argentina issued its first bond with an expected lifespan of 46 years. The government defaulted in 4 years and an ensuing standoff with creditors took 29 years to resolve.
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1826
In Argentina Bernardino Rivadavia (1780-1845) was chosen as the first president of the United Provinces of La Plata. He was forced to resign in 1827. His political opponents called him the “Chocolate Dictator.”
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1833 Jan 3
Britain ousted a small group of Argentine settlers and seized control of the Malvina Islands (Falkland Islands) in the South Atlantic. In 1982 Argentina seized the islands, but Britain took them back after a 74-day war.
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1833 Sep 20
Charles Darwin rode a horse to Buenos Aires.
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1833 Oct 1
Charles Darwin reached Rio Tercero, Argentina.
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1833 Dec 13
HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin arrived in Port Deseado, Patagonia.
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1833 Dec 25
Charles Darwin celebrated Christmas in Port Desire, Patagonia.
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1834 Apr 13
HMS Beagle anchored at river mouth of Rio Santa Cruz, Patagonia.
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1834 Apr 29
Charles Darwin's expedition saw the top of Andes from Patagonia.
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1834 May 5
Charles Darwin's expedition continued at Rio Santa Cruz.
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1842
Italian revolutionary Garibaldi married Anita Ribeiro and joined the Uruguayan navy in a war against Argentina. They returned to Italy in 1848.
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1850 Aug 17
Jose Francisco de San Martin (b.1778), Argentine-born South American revolutionary hero, died in France. In 2009 John Lynch authored “San Martin: Argentine Soldier, American Hero.”
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1851 May 25
Jose Justo de Urquiza of Argentina led a rebellion against his former ally, the absolute ruler Juan Manuel de Rosas.
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1853
Argentina abolished slavery.
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1862
1868
Bartolomé Mitre served as Argentina’s 1st constitutional president.
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1865
Some 153 settlers from Wales arrived on the ship Mimosa and founded the coastal city of Puerto Madryn, named after Sir Parry Madryn, a nobleman who assisted them.
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