Argentina Replaces Columbus Statue with Indigenous Heroine

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The statue of Juana Azurdy is a gift from Bolivia to Argentina.

The statue of Juana Azurdy is a gift from Bolivia to Argentina. | Photo: telam
teleSUR – July 15 2015

Bolivian President Evo Morales’ visit to his Argentina counterpart Cristina Fernandez Wednesday will focus not only on bilateral agreements between the two nations, but also South America’s independence history, Cuban news agency Prensa Latina reported.

The two South American leaders will inaugurate a monument to independence heroine and South American guerrilla military leader Juana Azurduy.

The 15-meter high (52 feet) bronze statue has been erected outside the presidential palace in Buenos Aires in the place that a monument to Christopher Columbus once stood.

Festivities throughout the week will celebrate the monument’s inauguration as a symbol of “Patria Grande,” a term that roughly translates as “Big Homeland,” used in Latin America to refer to the integration process in the region.

The statue, which will be Argentina’s largest once officially revealed, was…

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