“Mexican descend from Aztecs, Peruvian from Incas and Argentinean from… the ship.” This is an Argentine joke that briefly shows the peculiarity of the settlement and the identity of the Argentine region. Writer Octavio Paz said: “Argentineans are Italian that speak Spanish and believe they are French.” Argentina, more than any other country in the world, received a great quantity of immigrants compared to the size of its population.
This piece of information is vital when the Argentine identity issue is analyzed nowadays. In Buenos Aires, it is very strange to find an inhabitant whose ancestors were from one single place.The National Immigrant Festivity is annually held in September in Oberá, province of Misiones, and Immigrant’s Day is on September 4.
If we went back to colonial times when Argentina was not yet a country, four population groups co-inhabited: Spaniards, Creoles, aborigines and the black people. They weren’t very numerous and the land was very vast.