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La Casa del Obispo Colombre es uno de los más interesantes ejemplos de casonas coloniales de fines del siglo XVIII. Consta de dos plantas con escaleras de vigas de quebracho que datan de su época de construcción. El lugar fue restaurado por última vez alrededor de 1913. En su interior se conservan los muebles que pertenecieron su dueño, el Obispo Eusebio Colombres, también algunos retratos de próceres argentinos pintados por Lola Mora y colecciones de monedas y billetes antiguos. Muy cerca de la casa se alza el primer trapiche azucarero que hubo en Tucumán, construido en madera de quebracho, se trata de lo que quedó de la fábrica que el presbítero hizo instalar en su finca, dando así origen a la primera industria del norte del país. En una construcción contigua se guardan las viejas pailas, las cucharas y el calicanto. Próximo a una de las paredes laterales de la vivienda está instalado el trapiche a vapor que reemplazara al anterior en los últimos años del siglo pasado. La casa fue declarada Monumento Histórico Nacional en agosto de 1941.

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This panorama was taken in Argentina

This is an overview of Argentina

Argentina didn't get to be the second-largest country in South America overnight. Archaeological remains found here date to some 9,000 years BC, left by the ancient Mesoamerican civilization. Early inhabitants were nomads and hunters who followed prehistoric horses and llamas. By the year 1480 AD the Incan empire had stretched to reach northern Argentina and the stage was set for contact.

The Europeans came in 1516 with Spanish explorer Juan Diaz do Solis, who claimed the area for Spain and tried to export a river of silver back to Europe. Wealth grew along with the cattle industry and after Napoleon conquered Spain, Argentina declared its independence and set up their own government. That was 1810 AD.

Argentina stayed neutral in WWI and for most of WWII, declaring war on the Axis powers only in 1945. Following the war, the country entered into a long chain of military dictatorships with only brief forays into constitutional government. The current president is Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who's been in office since December 2007.

Argentina is known for many things but the top of the list belongs to only two -- steak and the tango. Cattle graze on the abundant grasslands and produce some of the best beef in the world.  The climate is well-suited for vineyards as well, and Argentina's wines make a fine companion to their steak.

As for the tango, it has recently exploded to become a world famous dance with hotspots in every major city on the planet. It started in Buenos Aires in the middle of the nineteenth century, as the city was filling up with a mixture of European immigrants and porteños, people who were born in the port city. They melded their cultures of rhythm and harmony and came up with the tango, which has been described as the ultimate evolution of partnered dancing. And it's a great way to burn off your steak stupor. Food coma begone!

Text by Steve Smith.

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