Maps, LLMs, Argentina

Matt Kuenzel
May 25, 2024


World map, 1640
World map, 1690

After 1862, Argentina experienced unprecedented economic growth brought about by flows of foreign capital and extensive immigration, with Italy, Spain, and Central Europe providing the largest supply of newcomers. In less than a quarter of a century, Argentina moved from an economic backwater to the region’s economic powerhouse.

By 1896, Argentina had achieved remarkable parity with the United States in terms of per capita income. By 1913, its income per capita was at the same level as Western Europe’s and exceeded that of Italy, Spain, and Portugal by a wide margin. By the dawn of the twentieth century, Argentina seemed solidly positioned in the ranks of rich countries.

To have said that Argentina was set to become an underdeveloped country would have been considered laughable given that it had one of the highest literacy rates in the world.

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