Uruguay is quite an interesting small nation of just over 1 million people. It has a growing economy and a good relationship with its giant neighbors to the north and south, Brazil and Argentina. The people of Uruguay are friendly and sincere. While I was only in the country for a day, I would like to return to get to know it a little better in the future.

Spanish explorer Juan Diaz de Solis landed here in 1516, and most of his party were immediately killed by indigenous Indians. Uruguay took many more years to conquer but the Spanish were not deterred. Then in the early 1800s, led by Jose Gervasio Artigas, a military officer, the struggle for political freedom began, and it ended with the Declaration of Independence in 1825 and the creation of the State of Uruguay in 1828. Compared to neighbors (Argentina and Brazil), it's a small country of rolling plains and low hills, but for those that visit the engaging capital city of Montevideo, and the world-class beaches, they consider Uruguay a most desirable vacation spot.

In Historical Colonia, Summer 2004

Colonia 2004

Uruguay 2004