Montevideo Journals

Montevideo (Part 2)

A January 2008 trip to Montevideo by statesidecruiser

Montevideo Mall Photo, Montevideo, Uruguay More Photos
Quote: Montevideo's history is littered with wars. It was created as a buffer state (almost a city state) between Argentina and Brazil.

Montevideo (Part 2)

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Montevideo Mall Photo, Montevideo, Uruguay
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Montevideo's history is littered with wars. It was created as a buffer state (almost a city state) between Argentina and Brazil with the quiet complicity of the British, who wanted to ensure regular use of the finest natural harbor in South America. Consequently, it was originally a fortified settlement, and upon reaching the open central square of the town, Plaza Independenza, the eye is drawn to a great fortified gate of the city, which used to house a drawbridge over the moat. The original was destroyed but this is a faithful reconstruction. The drawbridge and the moat have long since departed and the gate is stranded on a roundabout, and reached only with determination by crossing a wide road and ...Read More