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Argentina: the country
in which we have
been serving the Lord
since 1966.

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Doug and Martha Baergen
Rio De Valle 2367
Villa Lavalle
4400 Salta Argentina

Phone: 011-54-387-435-0201





Argentina is officially the ARGENTINE REPUBLIC, a country which occupies most of the southern portion of South America. With an area of 1,073,399 square miles it is more extensive than Mexico and the U.S. state of Texas combined. It is the eighth largest country in the world. Argentina is shaped like an inverted triangle with its base at the top; it is 880 miles across at its widest from east to west and stretches 2,360 miles from the subtropical north to the subantarctic south. This great north-south length embraces regions of striking diversity, including the Andes Mountains, the thorny scrubland and seasonal swamps of the Gran Chaco, the broad, fertile plains of the Pampas, the stark tableland of Patagonia, and an undulating Atlantic coastline of some 2,900 miles. Buenos Aires is the capital.

Argentina received its name, roughly translated as "Land of Silver" or "Silvery One," from Spanish explorers of the 16th century, who were lured there by rumours of vast mineral wealth. Millions of immigrants from Europe came to Argentina in the 19th and early 20th century because it present a place where people could earn a decent living on the expansive farmland of the interior or growing cities on the coast. During this period, the immigrants brought skills that helped transform it into a modern country whose agriculture and industry has remained among the most productive of Latin America.

The People

Heavy immigration, particularly from Spain and Italy, has produced in Argentina a people who are almost all of European ancestry. In the colonial period, though, the Spanish explorers and settlers encountered a number of native peoples. Among these were the Diaguita tribes of the Andean Northwest, a town-dwelling, agricultural people who were forced into labour after they had been conquered.

The Language

Spanish is the national language, although in Argentina it is spoken in several accents and has absorbed many words from other languages, especially Italian. Numerous foreign languages and dialects can also be heard.

The Religion

The vast majority of Argentine people are adherents of Roman Catholicism. The Roman Catholic influence is strongly reflected in government and society, and Catholicism is constitutionally recognized as the official state religion.

The City of Salta - our home

Salta is the capital of Salta provincia in northwestern Argentina. It lies in the irrigated Andean valley of Lerma, on a headstream of the Salado River. It was founded in 1582 as San Felipe de Lerma by Hernando de Lerma, governor of Tucumán. Despite damage caused by earthquakes, many of the city's colonial buildings have been preserved, including the cathedral, and colonial-style architecture is used in many modern buildings as well. The city's commercial prominence dates from colonial times, when it was the scene of large pastoral fairs.

Salta's modern economy is based on diversified farming, lumbering, stock raising, and mining. It is a tourist centre with thermal springs nearby and has grown in importance as a centre of archaeological investigations of Inca and other pre-Columbian Indian cultures.

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