Swedish Argentine

Swedish Argentine

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Swedish settlement in Argentina took place principally in the mid to late 19th century, when Swedish people arrived in Argentina. Many Swedes came to Argentina for economic reasons and in order to start a new life. Swedes also helped build Argentina, in particular helping to build Argentina's railroads in the mid 19th century.

The first Swedes to arrive in Argentina were registered as new converts by Jesuits in Córdoba in 1763. Many of the Swedes who showed up during the first half of the 19th century were adventurers who fought in the civil war between the Unitarians and Federalists (on both sides). A good number of them were sons of prominent families who were fleeing a debt or had some other reason to make themselves scarce. They became the black sheep of the Pampas.Back home in northern Sweden, they had hunted moose. In Misiones Province's subtropical rainforest, they hunted tapir.

Azul y Oro

Azul y oro - blue and yellow/gold - have always been Sweden's colours. In Argentina however, they are forever associated with the soccer club Boca Juniors where such national stars as Diego Maradona have worn the yellow and blue jerseys. The club was about to choose a new uniform shirt in 1907 but didn't know what colours to use. They decided to pick the colours from the flag of the first ship to arrive, in Buenos Aires where the club is located, and the first ship to arrive was the Swedish Johnson Line freighter "Drottning Sophie" (Queen Sophie).

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