Resolution K740-2011

Commemorating the 186th Anniversary of Uruguay's Declaration of Independence

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  • Jun 17, 2011: adopted

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 186th Anniversary of Uruguay's
Declaration of Independence on August 25, 2011

WHEREAS, Prior to European colonization, what is now Uruguay was home to
Charrua people who were  driven  south  from  Paraguay  by  the  Guarani
people; and
  WHEREAS, In the early 1500s, Spanish conquerors discovered Uruguay and
despite  great native resistance and lack of silver and gold, eventually
colonized the land otherwise undesired by the Portuguese in  neighboring
Brazil; and
  WHEREAS,  Uruguay's  true resources such as its sprawling prairies and
nearly inexhaustible water supply were soon recognized by  the  Spanish;
the  Spanish  introduced  the  first cattle, subsequently, Uruguay would
become a livestock colony; and
  WHEREAS, Uruguay had grown to be quite prosperous by  the  early  17th
Century  and  even  more  so  in  the 18th Century after the founding of
Montevideo, a military stronghold and burgeoning commercial center; and
  WHEREAS, Upon the passing of Uruguay's  formative  generations,  their
descendents  became  reasonably  aware of the lack of freedoms including
self-government and social promotion; and
  WHEREAS, In the wake of the American, French and myriad South American
Revolutions, Uruguay began a revolutionary movement led by Jose Gervasio
Artigas in 1811, which created years of great conflict between the Span-
ish, Portugese and British forces; and
  WHEREAS, By 1821, present day Uruguay was annexed by Brazil; and
  WHEREAS, Artigas had retreated to Paraguay, but  an  army  of  33  men
continued the Crusade for Liberation culminating on August 25, 1825; the
Declaration  of  Uruguay's  Independence  was  made and Uruguay joined a
regional federation with Argentina; and
  WHEREAS, In 1828, the United Kingdom helped shape and enact the Treaty
of Montevideo, also called the Preliminary Peace Convention which deemed
Uruguay an independent state and by 1830, the first  national  constitu-
tion was adopted; and
  WHEREAS,  Uruguay,  as  a  developing  nation, has thrived despite the
numerous social, economic and political struggles; and
  WHEREAS, Many Uruguayans have made  New  York  their  home,  and  this
Legislative Body is justly proud to thank the Uruguayan 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 186th Anniversary of Uruguay's Declaration of  Independ-
ence on August 25, 2011; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Adriana Lissidini, Consul General of Uruguay in New York.

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