Montenegrin Argentine

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Montenegrins form an Argentine ethnic minority. During the early 1900s, Montenegrins from the Kingdom of Montenegro began emigrating to the country, and nowadays there are approximately 50,000 Montenegrins and descendants living in Argentina. Besides Poles (450,000) and Croatians (440,000) they are one of the most populous Slavic communities in Argentina. Currently most of them are located in the northern province of Chaco, while the remaining part lives in Buenos Aires, Tandil, Venado Tuerto, and General Madariaga, a town of around 5,000 inhabitants.

The town General Madariaga is noroius famous for the detention of German Ambassador Karl Graf von Luxburg/Karl Conde de Luxburg during World War I.

Descendants of ethnic Montenegrins established Colonia La Montenegrina, the largest Montenegrin colony in South America, in which they are part of even today. General Madariaga is a specially important place for Montegrins in Argentina since many of them have achieved a remarkable wealth there through the business of cattle breeding, and most Montenegrins and their descendants are buried in its cemetery. Additionally, the Montenegrin-Argentine organization, Yugoslav Society Njegoš (Sociedad Yugoslava Njegoš, previously called the Montenegrin Society and Montenegrin-Yugoslav Society for Mutual Aid before World War II) provides mutual aid inside the town.

Notable individuals[edit]

  • Marko Kapitanić (Marcos Capitanich), one of first Montenegrin settlers in Argentina
  • Petar Milović, one of first Montenegrin settlers in Argentina
  • Petar Kapitanić, one of first Montenegrin settlers in Argentina
  • Lazar Kosanovic, one of first Montenegrin settlers in Argentina
  • Danijel Svorčan, one of first Montenegrin settlers in Argentina
  • Mitar Milović, one of first Montenegrin settlers in Argentina
  • Mitar Mićunović, one of first Montenegrin settlers in Argentina
  • Jorge Capitanich, Politician, former senator and current governor of the Chaco Province
  • Adrian Mirkovich, Mayor of General Madariaga
  • Juan Daniel Knesevich, Mayor of General Madariaga
  • Marta Lilana Iovanovich (Jovanović), Pedagogue, Professor and writer
  • Eduardo Vuletich
  • Esteban Saveljich, football player

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