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The original inhabitants of Uruguay belonged to the tribe ‘Charrua’, which lived off hunting and fishing. Today, their descendants still live along the border with Brazil. After the Spanish colonization in the early 16th century Uruguay was part of the Spanish Viceroyalty of Río de la Plata. On August 25, 1825 independence was proclaimed, but only in Uruguay in 1828 was actually free.

Then the country was deposited in a series of civil wars between conservatives and liberals, which were otherwise known as ‘the Colorados’ and ‘the Blancos’ in Uruguay.

In 1870 the army made an end to civil wars. From then Uruguay became a democracy that was exemplary for the continent in the sense that a real social system was built to bridge the gap between rich and poor.

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