Resolution J1928-2013

Commemorating the 203rd Anniversary of Argentina's First National Government



  • May 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 17, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION   commemorating   the   203rd   Anniversary  of
Argentina's First National Government

WHEREAS, Argentina and the Buenos Aires province were part of the former
Territory of the Rio de la Plata which became the Viceroyalty of the Rio
de la Plata in 1776; and
  WHEREAS, The Viceroyalty of the Rio de la  Plata  was  of  significant
economic and political importance to Spain; and
  WHEREAS,  In May of 1810 while Napoleon led an invasion of Spain under
Ferdinand VII, the Buenos Aires Province garnered the power to call  for
a convention to establish sovereign governance; and
  WHEREAS,  During  the  week of May 18 through 27, thousands of revolu-
tionaries in Buenos Aires gathered in the Plaza  de  Mayo  demanding  an
open dialogue with their government; and
  WHEREAS,  This week became known as May Week - the week that a revolu-
tionary Junta established significant authority thus becoming the  focal
point of Argentine history; and
  WHEREAS,   In   what  the  Argentine  people  call  an  Open  Cabildo,
Argentina's first national  sovereign  government  was  created  by  the
Ruling of May 25, established in 1810 by the Cabildo; and
  WHEREAS,  Just  as  importantly,  the  Junta adopted the Ruling of May
28th; and
  WHEREAS, The aforementioned rulings jointly established the  authority
of  the  First Junta which evolved into a larger Junta governing all the
provinces and created a Triumvirate which  established  the  Provisional
Statute of the Superior Government of the United Provinces of the Rio de
la Plata; and
  WHEREAS, A Second Triumvirate in October of 1812, called for a general
constitutional  assembly  first  meeting  as  the Assembly of 1813 - the
first legislative meeting of its kind in what  would  become  Argentina;
  WHEREAS,  The Assembly of 1813 did not establish a constitution, which
was the main objective for its creation, but did  establish  a  coat  of
arms,  an anthem, a currency, and most importantly, the national holiday
of May 25th - representing the single most recognized act  toward  inde-
pendence; and
  WHEREAS,  Though  Argentina  did not become fully independent of Spain
until July 9, 1816, the initial creation of a government  with  distinc-
tive executive, legislative and judicial functions was necessary for the
well-being of the Argentine people; and
  WHEREAS, Many Argentine people have made New York their home, and this
Legislative  Body,  representing the people of the State of New York, is
pleased to thank the Argentine people for their  contributions  to  this
great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 203rd Anniversary of Argentina's First National  Govern-
ment; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  Ambassador  Jose  Luis  Perez  Gabilondo, Consul General of
Argentina in New York.


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