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At 7:49am on May 19, 2017, Stephen said…

Happy Birthday John. Have a great day

At 9:51pm on May 19, 2016, Stephen said…

Happy Birthday John. Have a great day,

At 5:35am on May 18, 2014, Davy said…

Happy Birthday John. Have a great day, enjoy it!

At 2:04pm on January 31, 2013, Adriana said…

Yes, we were both right, but I was technically more wrong than you :-)

Only cities I know in Brazil are Porto Alegre and Santa Maria :-( s

At 12:48pm on January 31, 2013, Adriana said…

The Uruguay war of independence was weird.  Yes, the Portuguese invaded what was La Banda oriental back then in the early 19th century and it was annexed for a few years. Brazil gained their independence right in the middle, I think. So yes, you are correct, the official declaration of independence in 1825 was from Brazil, by a group of "patriots" who supposedly liberated the Banda Oriental.  The language never changed, that i'm aware of, though. In reality, in 1825 Uruguay was not really an independent country because Uruguay became a province in the Rio de La Plata region. I think it was only in 1830 that England interceded and we ended up becoming an independent country. The history of such a tiny regionis so convoluted, it gives me a headache :-)

I always think of the first "independence" as the Artigas revolution that created La Banda Oriental, and that war was against Spain. I think that because they teach us that Artigas is our national hero, Uruguayans tend to think of that first revolution as to what ultimately led to our independence. 

At 9:35am on January 31, 2013, Adriana said…

No, Uruguay never belonged to Brazil, and the language has always been Spanish. Uruguay's independence was from Spain. 

People near the Brazilian border do speak both languages though. Quite a few Uruguayans speak a little Portuguese, because of the proximity to Brazil, the Mercosur, and also lots of tourism going back and forth. 

How do you like living in SP? I have a childhood friend living in Rio and she loves it, but SP and rio are very different. 

At 9:16am on January 31, 2013, Adriana said…

Hi John, are you Brazilian or just living in Brazil? I was born and raised "next door", in Uruguay :-)

At 7:13am on January 31, 2013, Davy said…

Hello John.Welcome to the site enjoy the company as well as the discussions.

At 7:11am on January 31, 2013, Onyango Makagutu said…

Welcome mate. There are so many things you can do here, make friends, join the discussions and chat!

Enjoy

At 6:39am on January 31, 2013, Neal said…


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