Argentinian White in Uruguay





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The first Argentinian White were the "Criollos", the unmixed descendants of Spaniards, born in Spanish America. They comprised a third of the population of the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata. After the independence of the United Provinces (1816), Uruguay (1828) and Paraguay (1843), the criollos remained a very influential minority within the country.

After the consolidation of a central government in the United Provinces - by then renamed Argentina - presidents Domingo Sarmiento, Nicolás Avellaneda and Julio Roca encouraged European immigration. From the 1870's until the 1940's, a real migratory flow took place. It is estimated that 6.6 million Europeans and Middle-Easterners migrated to Argentina during this period. Among the newcomers were Italians, Spaniards, Portuguese, French, Germans, Irish, Slavs, Syrian-Lebanese Arabs, Armenians and many others. Although the first generation of immigrants mostly married within their own ethnicity (ethnical endogamy), the children and grandchildren of those immigrants intermingled with people of the other collectivities, creating in a "melting pot" a new national/ethnical identity.

Where Are they Located?

They may live in any part of the country, but mostly in the central prairies - called "Pampas" - the north-eastern woods and jungles -"Litoral"- and the southern plateau - "Patagonia".

What Are Their Lives Like?

Argentinian White people may work in any economical activity: agriculture, cattle breeding, mining, commerce, industry and services. Though they mostly occupy the middle, upper-middle and upper levels of Argentine society, there are many poor Argentinian Whites -especially after de economic crises of 1995 and 2001. They eat much meat - beef, chicken and pork - and many other dishes derived from their Spanish and Italian traditions: spaghetti, gnocchi, ravioli, paella, stew, puchero, etc.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are predominantly Roman Catholic, since most are of Spanish and Italian ancestry, but there are Protestant and Orthodox people too. The Arabs generally are Christian, of the eastern rite.

What Are Their Needs?

Many Argentinian Whites - especially the poor ones - lack proper sanitation infrastructure, therefore they suffer diseases typical of contaminated water.

Profile Source:   Pablo Zampini  

People Name General Argentinian White
People Name in Country Argentinian White
Population in Uruguay 31,000
World Population 31,350,000
Countries 8
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Argentine, Criollo, Native Argentine, Native Argentine Criollo

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Spanish (31,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Spanish 31,000
For Primary Language: Spanish

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1514-1985)
New Testament Yes   (1543-1999)
Complete Bible Yes   (1553-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Biblica Spanish NVI Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Nueva Traducción Viviente Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Spanish, Biblia Reina Valera 1960 Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Traducción en Lenguaje Actual Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Spanish Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament - Biblia de América (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 9.10 %)
89.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
10.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
7.0 %
Roman Catholic
93.0 %
Photo Source: The Masters View / Howard Erickson  
Profile Source: Pablo Zampini  
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