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The May Revolution
(Spanish: Revolución de Mayo
) was a week-long series of events that took place from May 18 to 25, 1810, in Buenos Aires
, capital of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata
. This Spanish colony included roughly the territories of present-day Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay. The result was the removal of Viceroy Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros
and the establishment of a local government, the Primera Junta
), on May 25.
The May Revolution was a direct reaction to Spain's Peninsular War. In 1808, King Ferdinand VII of Spain abdicated in favor of Napoleon, who granted the throne to his brother, Joseph Bonaparte. A Supreme Central Junta led resistance to Joseph's government and the French occupation of Spain, but eventually suffered a series of reversals that resulted in the Spanish loss of the northern half of the country. On February 1, 1810, French troops took Seville and gained control of most of Andalusia. The Supreme Junta retreated to Cadiz and dissolved itself, and the Council of Regency of Spain and the Indies replaced it. News of these events arrived in Buenos Aires on May 18, brought by British ships.
is a barrio
or district in Buenos Aires
. It is located between Alvarez Thomas av.
, Forest av.
, De los Incas av.
, Virrey del Pino st.
, Cabildo av.
, Jorge Newbery st.
, Crámer st.
and Dorrego av.
This neighbourhood offers a vast amount of contrast and opportunities. There are large and tall buildings that go from the Crámer street to Avenida Cabildo
and traditional houses up to three stories. This district has become a busy one with lots of pedestrians and cars that go about on the streets. This neighbourhood is mainly residential, with some non-residential areas like the classification yard
in the north-east zone, the fairs in the south-west (where until late 60's there was another classification yard) and the UCA grounds in south-east.
The Colegiales Athletic and Social Club is probably the neighborhood's favorite social venue. Located on 2860 Teodoro García Street, it was famous in decades past for Roberto "Polaco" Goyeneche's frequent Tango recitals there. Colegiales was also home to the city's first cinema, "Las Familias." The cinema was probably better-known, however, for the people who had it built than for its distinction as a historical first. Though now a distant memory, the colorful Anselmis entertained generations of locals with their namesake circus on Lacroze and Cabildo Avenues.
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