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Argentine Confederation

Argentine Confederation
Confederación Argentina


Pacto Federal flag, circa 1840 Coat of arms
Constitutional Argentine Confederation and independent State of Buenos Aires, 1858.
Capital none (1831-1852)
Paraná (1853-1861)
Languages Spanish
Government Loose Confederation of Provinces (1831-1853)

Constitutional Federal Republic (1853-1861)
 •  1835-1852 Juan Manuel de Rosas
(Governor of Buenos Aires Province, in charge of the Foreign Relations of the Confederation)
 •  1852-1860 Justo José de Urquiza
(President of the Argentine Confederation, 1854-1860)
 •  1860-1861 Santiago Derqui
(President of the Argentine Confederation, 1860-1861)
 •  Overthrown and execution of governor Manuel Dorrego 1828
 •  Federal Pact 4 January 1831
 •  French blockade of the Río de la Plata 1838-1840
 •  Anglo-French blockade of the Río de la Plata 1845-1850
 •  Battle of Caseros 3 February 1852
 •  Battle of Cepeda 23 October 1859
 •  Battle of Pavón 17 September, 1861

The Argentine Confederation (Spanish: Confederación Argentina) is one of the official names of confederation, without a head of state. The governor of Buenos Aires Province (Juan Manuel de Rosas during most of the period) managed the foreign relations during the time. Under his rule, the Argentine Confederation resisted wars from Brasil, Bolivia, Uruguay, France and Britain, as well as attacks of other Argentine factions during the Argentine Civil Wars.

Rosas was ousted from power in 1852 by Justo José de Urquiza, after the battle of Caseros. Urquiza convened the 1853 Constituent Assembly to write a national constitution. Buenos Aires resisted Urquiza and seceded from the Confederation in 1852, becoming the State of Buenos Aires; the province would return to Argentina in 1861.[2]


  • History 1
    • Administration of Juan Manuel de Rosas 1.1
    • Secession and return of Buenos Aires 1.2
  • See also 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • References 4


Administration of Juan Manuel de Rosas

Modern Argentina is a small subset (approx. 1/3) of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata, a colony of Spain, which also included present day Bolivia, Uruguay, part of Peru and most of Paraguay. Long after the independence, Argentina attacked and conquered large areas of indigenous land.

The May Revolution in Buenos Aires began the Argentine War of Independence, and the country was renamed to United Provinces of the Río de la Plata. Modern Bolivia and Paraguay were lost during the conflict, and became new states. Uruguay was invaded and annexed by Brazil in 1816, until the Thirty-Three Orientals led an insurrection to rejoin the United Provinces. This began the War of Brazil, ended with the Treaty of Montevideo that made Uruguay a new state.[3]

When the Argentine forces returned to Buenos Aires, Unitarian League with provinces that joined him, and Rosas signed the Federal Pact with Entre Ríos and Santa Fe. All the unitarian provinces were defeated and joined the Pact, and became the Argentine Confederation. Rosas declined a new term as governor after the victory over the unitarian league.[4]

Rosas left Buenos Aires and waged the first campaign of the desert in the south, to prevent further Juan José Viamonte. Still, the social commotion led many people to believe that only Rosas could secure order, and that Viamonte or Manuel Vicente Maza would be unable to do so. The murder of Facundo Quiroga in Córdoba increased this belief, so the legislature appointed him governor in 1835, with the sum of public power.[5]

Rosas faced a difficult military threat during first years of his second administration. First, the [6]

Rosas endured all the mentioned threats. The Peru–Bolivian Confederation was defeated by Chile and ceased to exist. Cullen was defeated and shot, and Astrada was defeated by Justo José de Urquiza. The ranchers were defeated as well. The diplomat Manuel Moreno channeled the protests of the British merchants in Buenos Aires, damaged by the blockade; this added to the doubts of the French about maintaining a conflict that they had expected to be quite short. France finally lifted the blockade with the Mackau-Arana treaty. Lavalle lost the French support but sought to continue the conflict anyway. He retreated before reaching Buenos Aires, without starting any battle, and escaped to the North. He was chased by Oribe, now in charge of Argentine armies, and died in unclear circumstances.[7]

Despite the French defeat, Uruguay was still an open war theater. Manuel Oribe claimed to be the rightful president of Uruguay, and waged the Uruguayan Civil War against Rivera. Rosas supported Oribe in the conflict, as Uruguay was still at war with Argentina. Oribe laid a siege to Montevideo. Britain and France joined forces with Rivera, captured the Argentine navy, and began a new naval blockade against Buenos Aires. Giuseppe Garibaldi helped to secure the Uruguay river, helped by Italian soldiers. A new expedition tried to secure the Paraná river by navigating to Paraguay and return. The Argentine army resisted the invasion of the river at several points of the Paraná (most notably during the battle of Vuelta de Obligado), but could not stop them. The damages to the ships, however, were so great that both countries eventually resigned and lifted the blockade.[8]

Justo José de Urquiza, governor of Entre Ríos, had supported Rosas so far, but the ranchers of his province had an expanding economy and wanted to have a local customs, capable to commerce with other countries directly. The port of Buenos Aires had that exclusive right. Entre Ríos requested as well the federalization of the national income generated by exports, and the calling of a Constituent Assembly to write a Constitution, as pointed in the Federal Pact. Urquiza made a pronunciamiento, resuming the rights of Entre Ríos to commerce and negotiate with other countries, instead of delegating such powers on Buenos Aires. Rosas declared war to him, but Urquiza defeated Rosas at the battle of Caseros, forcing him to exile.[9]

Secession and return of Buenos Aires

The San Nicolás Agreement led to the sanction of the Argentine Constitution of 1853.

Urquiza was not a unitarian, but another federalist like Rosas. Thus, the unitarians did not support him, but opposed him as they did with Rosas. Urquiza's ambition to reduce the national centralism of Buenos Aires and promote a higher federalization of the country generated conflicts with the unitarians. Urquiza called the San Nicolás Agreement, so that all provinces agreed to convene the 1853 Constituent Assembly. This was resisted in Buenos Aires, and the unitarians took advantage of a temporary absence of Urquiza from the city to do the September 11 revolution and secede Buenos Aires from the confederation. It was now the State of Buenos Aires, and the other Argentine provinces were now the Argentine Confederation.[10]

Manuel Guillermo Pinto was appointed governor of Buenos Aires, and removed the delegates from the constituent assembly. The capital of the Confederation was now located in Paraná, Entre Ríos. Buenos Aires attempted military actions against the Confederation, to prevent the work of the Assembly, but failed. The Argentine Constitution of 1853 was sanctioned on May 1, 1853, inviting Buenos Aires to return. Buenos Aires wrote their own constitution in 1854. Both countries, the Confederation and the State of Buenos Aires, accepted the status quo, with a serious danger of becoming a definitive secession.[11]

The Confederation attacked Buenos Aires in 1856, led by Jerónimo Costa, who was defeated by Bartolomé Mitre. Mitre got 140 prisoners: he executed 125 of them.[12]

Mitre and other politicians in Buenos Aires considered in 1857 to make the secession a definitive one, renaming the state as the "Republic of the Río de la Plata". The project was resisted by

  1. ^ "Art. 35.- Las denominaciones adoptadas sucesivamente desde 1810 hasta el presente, a saber: Provincias Unidas del Río de la Plata; República Argentina, Confederación Argentina, serán en adelante nombres oficiales indistintamente para la designación del Gobierno y territorio de las provincias, empleándose las palabras "Nación Argentina" en la formación y sanción de las leyes."
    "Article 35 .- The denominations successively adopted from 1810 to the present, namely: United Provinces of the Río de la Plata, Argentine Republic, Argentine Confederation, shall henceforth be interchangeably official names to describe the Government and territory of the provinces, using the words "Argentine Nation" for the making and the enactment of laws."
  2. ^ Galasso, pp. 335-360
  3. ^ Galasso, pp. 135-264
  4. ^ Galasso, pp. 265-292
  5. ^ Galasso, pp. 292-297
  6. ^ Galasso, pp. 312-314
  7. ^ Galasso, pp. 312-316
  8. ^ Galasso, pp. 320-322
  9. ^ Galasso, pp. 322-325
  10. ^ Galasso, pp. 335-341
  11. ^ Galasso, pp. 342-343
  12. ^ Galasso, p. 348
  13. ^ Galasso, pp. 350-352
  14. ^ Galasso, pp. 353-355
  15. ^ Galasso, pp. 355-360




See also

The Assembly requested several amendments, the most important that Buenos Aires would not be the capital city of Argentina. This would allow the city to keep the exclusive use of the port. With Santiago Derqui as the new president of the Confederation, the amendments were accepted, and the new National constitution promulgated. However, the murder of the governor José Antonio Virasoro generated new military conflicts between Buenos Aires and the Confederation. Mitre defeated Urquiza at the battle of Pavón in 1861, and Buenos Aires returned to the Confederation, which would be the modern Republic of Argentina.[15]

The Confederation had a political commotion with the murder of Nazario Benavídez, from San Juan, carried out by supporters of Sarmiento. Enraged, Urquiza resumed military hostilities against Buenos Aires. He defeated Mitre at the Battle of Cepeda, and sieged the city. Most federals thought that Urquiza should occupy Buenos Aires and impose the Constitution to the rebellious province. However, Urquiza just stayed outside, and sought the mediation of the Paraguayan Francisco Solano López. Buenos Aires would call a Constituent Assembly, to accept the National Constitution or requesting amendments, and rejoin the Confederation.[14]


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