The poorest province of Argentina
The article briefly describes the main stages of development and attractions of the province of Chaco, which is considered the poorest in Argentina.
The Argentine province of Chaco, although considered to be the poorest in the country, is interesting because it was settled by immigrants from all European countries. Another province is interesting in that there are islands of impenetrable and dry forest on its territory, where Indians still live. In fact, the entire western part of the province is covered by this impassable forest. But its central part is a semi-desert scorched by the sun. Abundant vegetation is observed only in the south and east of the Chaco, where many small rivers flow. In these rivers can be found anaconda, and in the forests – the jaguar.
The conquistadors reached these lands in the 16th century. Here they encountered extremely hostile Indian tribes. The natives destroyed the Jesuit missions and the Spanish cities that they were trying to establish here. Having made a raid, the Indians retreated into impassable forests, in which the Spaniards could not get into. This tactic was very effective. Without knowledge of secret paths, the Spaniards could not crush the Indians. Only in the XIX century, the army of already independent Argentina managed to break the resistance of the local Aborigines.
The most fierce battles during the Paraguayan War at the end of the 19th century took place in the province. All this did not contribute to the prosperity of the region for several centuries. But in this province there are still many Indians. No other province in Argentina has such a population of indigenous people. And the Indians managed to save their way of life. They still live in wicker huts and communicate only in their own language, like their distant ancestors. As a result, the language of the Indians is recognized as the second official language of the province of Chaco. Another interesting fact is that among the Indians there are many Protestants, and not Catholics. Well, the Volga Germans, Montenegrins, Bulgarians, Czechs and Italians mastered the lands of the province.
Cotton and sugarcane are mainly grown here, from which paper and sugar are made. The cultural and administrative center of the province is Resistencia, on the streets of which there are a lot of various sculptures. Indeed, since 1988 there has been a regular sculpture competition.
Campo del Cielo
Sights of Campo del Cielo
Well, the main attraction of the province of Chaco is Campo del Cielo, which was bombarded by huge meteorites in the distant past. Meteorite fields look fantastic. In addition, you can visit the reserve Chaco and relax on the beautiful river resorts.