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“Paradoxical national day date”: Why Uruguay celebrates its independence the day it decided to join Argentina

After the independence of a large part of America from Spain, on August 25, 1825, the eastern patriots cut ties with the Empire of Brazil; they in turn proclaimed adherence to the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata

Every August 25, when Uruguay celebrates its Independence Day, the debate is reopened. The date unnerves historians who argue the celebration is out of step with what happened nearly 200 years ago, and wonder if it isn't being given more prominence than it should be.

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