The Embassy of Argentina in Singapore celebrated last Thursday the 213th anniversary of the May Revolution with a special celebration held at Sofitel Hotel.

The event was held by His Excellency Maricio Nine, the Argentinian ambassador to Singapore, at Sofitel Hotel in Sentosa, Singapore.

Koh Poh Koon, who is Singapore’s senior minister of state at the Ministry of Sustainability & Environment as well as the Ministry of Manpower, was the guest of honour.

The May Revolution was a key event in Argentine history that ultimately led to the country’s fight for independence from Spanish colonial rule. It took place in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, during the month of May in 1810.

At that time, Spain was under French control following the Napoleonic Wars which weakened the Spanish hold over its American colonies. In Argentina, a combination of factors, including economic hardships and a desire for political self-determination, led to growing discontent among the local population.

On May 25, 1810, a group of Argentine patriots formed the Primera Junta, or First Junta. This Junta acted as a provisional government, effectively removing Spanish viceroy Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros from power. This move was a watershed moment as it marked the first significant act of defiance against Spanish rule in the region.

The May Revolution marked the beginning of a process that gradually shifted power from Spanish authorities to local leaders and set Argentina on the path to independence. Over the years, various military campaigns and political struggles ensued, ultimately resulting in Argentina’s official declaration of independence on July 9, 1816.