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The Conquest of the Desert and the Free Indigenous Communities of the Argentine Plains

Carlos Martínez Sarasola

in Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034874
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038438 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034874.003.0010
The Conquest of the Desert and the Free Indigenous Communities of the Argentine Plains

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Toward of the end of the nineteenth century, the Argentine state intensified a policy of military expansion that would ultimately destroy the autonomous socioeconomic systems of the indigenous peoples of the Pampas—the central plains and its surrounding areas. As in the United States during roughly the same time, the national occupation of the plains was a contested venture, fought not only by pioneers and indigenous inhabitants but also by politicians and the soldiers sent to eliminate the native peoples. This chapter argues that politicians in Argentina did not share a common plan to exterminate native populations on their frontier. Rather, the genocidal war that emerged late in the century resulted from a difficult and contested negotiation at the heart of the nation's political leadership.

Keywords: Argentine plains; Pampas; political leadership; military expansion; native people; genocidal war

Chapter.  7814 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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