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This timing is political correctness at its finest.
Moving the statue to Mar de la Plata is also politically oriented as Mar de la Plata is heavily Italian in ethnicity.
Over 50% of Argentines are Italian. This is going to be very unpopular.
Light Green areas were disputed at the time. Image: Wikipedia
They want to replace Columbus with a statue of Juana Azurduy de Padilla, a Latin American woman who fought bravely against the Spanish during the wars of Independence. At one point, she was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the Northern Army of the Revolutionary Government of the United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata. (What would become Argentina).
Though she was fighting for the United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata (Argentina), the town where she was born and died is now part of Bolivia.
The Spanish Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata once included Uruguay and parts of Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile, and Brazil, as well what is now Argentina. The borders would not be settled for decades.
Being half-indigenous, and a woman, she would be a politically correct hero – but more than that, she really does deserve the honor. But couldn’t they have put her statue next to Columbus.