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  • Uruguay is one of the most economically developed countries in South America, with a high GDP per capita and the 52nd highest quality of life index in the world as of 2010
  • Uruguay is divided into 19 departments whose local administrations replicate the division of the executive and legislative powers. Each department elects its own authorities through a universal suffrage system. The departmental executive authority resides in a superintendent and the legislative authority in a departmental board
  • Montevideo was founded by the Spanish in the early 18th century as a military stronghold. [8] Uruguay won its independence in 1811–28 following a three-way struggle between the claims of Spain, Argentina and Brazil.
  • Rambla is the name of the avenue that goes all along the coastline of Montevideo . Since all the southern departments of Uruguay are against either the Río de la Plata or the Atlantic Ocean , they all have ramblas as well.
  • Colonia del Sacramento , one of Uruguay's oldest European settlements, was founded by the Portuguese in 1680
  • meat and sheep farming is Uruguay occupies 59.6% of the land. The percentage further increases to 82.4% when cattle breeding is linked to other farm activities such as dairy, forage and rotation with crops such as rice. Agriculture based industries create more than 10% of the GDP (gross domestic product) for this nation and agriculture also produces the majority of all Uruguay exports. In 2007 Uruguay had cattle herds totalling 12 million head, making it the country with the highest number of cattle per capita at 3.8 Campaigns like “Uruguayan grass-fed beef” and “Uruguay Natural” aim to establish Uruguay as a premium brand in beef, wine and other food products.
  • It is a constitutional democracy , the president fulfilling the roles of both head of state and head of government . Uruguay is a unitary state : justice, education, health, security, foreign policy, defence are all administered nationwide. [36] The Executive Power is exercised by the president and a cabinet of 13 ministers. [36] The legislative power is constituted by the General Assembly , composed of two chambers : the Chamber of Deputies of 99 members representing the 19 departments, elected based on proportional representation ; and the Chamber of Senators consisting of 31 members, 30 of whom are elected for a five year term by proportional representation and the Vice-president who presides over it
  • For his poetry and novels Benedetti had won numerous international awards. The Truce, first published in 1960, has since been translated into 19 languages and made into two motion pictures . He was not well known in the English - speaking world. Galeano: His book “Open Veins of Latin America” (1971) has been translated into twenty languages and transcend orthodox genres: combining fiction, journalism, political analysis and history.
  • Mate is served with a metal straw from a shared hollow calabash gourd . The straw is called a bombilla in some Latin American countries
  • Uruguay

    1. 1. URUGUAY: A small country with a strong Identity <ul><li>Alina Gil </li></ul><ul><li>Alianza Cultural Uruguay-Estados Unidos </li></ul><ul><li>Partners of the Americas Uruguay-Minnesota </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Uruguay is located in </li></ul><ul><li>the south eastern </li></ul><ul><li>part of South America </li></ul><ul><li>It has an area of 68,000 </li></ul><ul><li>sq miles </li></ul><ul><li>Its population is almost 3.500.000 people </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Uruguay is made up of 19 “departamentos” </li></ul><ul><li>The capital city is </li></ul><ul><li>Montevideo, with a population of 1.350.000 people </li></ul>
    5. 5. MONTEVIDEO Plaza Independencia Rambla Palacio Salvo Avenida 18 de Julio
    6. 6. Playa Pocitos Teatro Solis Parque Rodó Estadio Centenario
    7. 7. Colonia del Sacramento
    8. 8. Punta del Este Rocha
    9. 9. Countryside
    10. 10. Uruguay is a representative democratic republic with a presidential system. The members of government are elected for a five-year term by a universal suffrage system. Palacio Legislativo, Montevideo Democracy
    11. 11. <ul><li>It is one of </li></ul><ul><li>the most genuine </li></ul><ul><li>and original </li></ul><ul><li>cultural expressions </li></ul><ul><li>of the Rio de la Plata </li></ul><ul><li>The &quot;anthem&quot; of </li></ul><ul><li>all the tango, </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;La Cumparsita&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>was written by </li></ul><ul><li>Uruguayan Gerardo </li></ul><ul><li>Matos </li></ul>TANGO
    12. 12. <ul><li>The Uruguayan carnival is the longest in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>During 40 days, shows full of color and joy are displayed in street parades and stages. </li></ul>CARNIVAL
    13. 13. Candombe is a native musical genre played by a string of tambores and dancers, mainly Afro-Americans.
    14. 14. <ul><li>The Murga is an expression of the social and political criticisim, carried out through its performances like a parody and humorous satire. </li></ul><ul><li>Murgas perform in different </li></ul><ul><li>“ tablados” of the city every </li></ul><ul><li>night during the months of carnival </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Joaquin Torres Garcia (1874-1949) </li></ul><ul><li>plastic artist </li></ul><ul><li>and theorist </li></ul><ul><li>Founder of </li></ul><ul><li>Constructive </li></ul><ul><li>Universalism </li></ul>URUGUAYAN ART
    16. 16. <ul><li>Carlos Paez Vilaró (1923 -) </li></ul><ul><li>Abstract artist and </li></ul><ul><li>architect. </li></ul>
    17. 17. URUGUYAN MUSIC Alfredo Zitarrosa Los Olimareños Jaime Ross Jorge Drexler NTVG Ruben Rada
    18. 18. <ul><li>Mario Benedetti (1920 –2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Journalist, novelist and poet. </li></ul><ul><li>Considered one of Latin </li></ul><ul><li>America's most important </li></ul><ul><li>20th-century writers </li></ul><ul><li>Eduardo Galeano (1940 -) Journalist, writer and novelist. </li></ul><ul><li>One of his most famous work is </li></ul><ul><li>“ Las venas abiertas de América Latina” (Open Veins of Latin America, 1971) </li></ul>LITERATURE
    19. 19. <ul><li>Street </li></ul><ul><li>markets </li></ul><ul><li>are very </li></ul><ul><li>traditional </li></ul><ul><li>and popular in </li></ul><ul><li>all the </li></ul><ul><li>neighborhoods </li></ul>
    20. 20. In Uruguay, the gaucho is a major figure of national folklore as a symbol of freedom and individuality.
    21. 21. SOCCER: A national passion 1930 1950 2010
    22. 22. The Uruguayan barbecue, “ asado ”, is one of the most exquisite and famous in the world
    23. 23. TRADITIONAL FOOD Chivito Empanadas Alfajores Dulce de leche
    24. 24. MATE It is a traditional infused drink prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate in hot water.
    25. 25. [email_address] Alina Gil Alianza Cultural Uruguay-Estados Unidos Partners of the Americas Uruguay - Minnesota
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