Argentina National Anthem

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Anthem History

After watching a play about the 1810 revolution against Spain, Vicente Lopez was inspired to write an anthem for his country. Lopez called his song the "Anthem of May" and originally wrote nine verses.

The anthem underwent many modifications to tone down the militaristic and anti-Spanish nature of the song before the government chose to adopt the first and last verses on May 11, 1813 (the third anniversary of the revolution).

The government initially named the anthem the "Marcha Patriotica" and it was later known as the "Cancion Patriotica Nacional. Today it is the "Himno Nacional Argentino."

Anthem Lyrics

Himno Nacional Argentino

Vicente Lopez y Planes / Jose Blas Parera

Oid mortales el grito sagrado

Libertad! Libertad! Libertad!

oid el ruido de rotas cadenas

ved el trono en su noble igualdad

Ya su trono dignisimo abrieron

las provincias unidas del sud

y los libres del mundo responden

al gran pueblo Argentino salud!

al gran pueblo Argentino salud!

y los libres del mundo responden

al gran pueblo Argentino salud!

Sean eternos los laureles

que supimos conseguir

que supimos conseguir

coronados de gloria vivamos

oh! juremos con gloria morir

oh! juremos con gloria morir

oh! juremos con gloria morir

Anthem Lyrics English

Mortals! Hear the sacred cry;

Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!

Hear the noise of broken chains.

See noble Equality enthroned.

The United Provinces of the South

Have now displayed their worthy throne.

And the free peoples of the world reply;

We salute the great people of Argentina!

(repeat once)


And the free peoples of the world reply;

We salute the great people of Argentina!

(repeat once)


May the laurels be eternal

That we knew how to win.

Let us live crowned with glory,

Or swear to die gloriously.

(repeat three times)

Argentina Flag

Argentina Flag

Flag History This flag was adopted on February 12, 1812, four years after Argentina achieved independence from Spain (1816). The "Sun of May" design was added to the flag in 1818. The blue and white colors were chosen by Manuel Belgrano, the leader of the Argentinian revolution against Spain.
Flag Date of Adoption February 12, 1812
Flag Symbolism Three equal horizontal bands of light blue (top), white, and light blue; centered in the white band is a radiant yellow sun with a human face known as the Sun of May.

It's width-to-length ratio varies: proportions of 1 to 2 and of 9 to 14 are commonly used on land, while the ratio 2 to 3 is used at sea.

The colors may represent the clear skies and snow of the Andes. However, research indicates that the colors were already in use as ribbons and cockades to denote an individual's political leanings and may have originally come from the House of Bourbon.

The sun symbol is a replica from the first Argentine coin. It is said to commemorate the appearance of the sun breaking through cloudy skies on 25 May 1810, at the beginning of the first mass demonstration in favor of independence. The sun features are those of Inti, the Inca god of the sun.

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