Museo del Bicentenario - "Combate de la Vuelta de Obligado"
When is National Sovereignty Day?
How long until Day of National Sovereignty?
|This holiday next takes place in 40 Days.|
Dates of Day of National Sovereignty
|Día de la Soberanía Nacional|
|Anniversary of the 1845 Battle of Vuelta de Obligado|
|Argentine Independence Day|
Known as 'Día de la Soberanía Nacional', this holiday is celebrated on the Monday closest to 20 November.
History of National Sovereignty Day
The holiday commemorates the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado which took place on 20 November 1845 when the Argentine Confederation fought against an Anglo-French navy in the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado, during the Anglo-French blockade of the Río de la Plata.
The Argentine Confederation lost the battle, but there is a saying 'lose the battle but win the war' and this was true in this case. Despite the victory, the British and French suffered such heavy losses that the battle brought them to the negotiate a treat with Juan Manuel de Rosas, the Governor of Buenos Aires.
The battle was seen as a key event as it had been triggered by Argentine efforts to protect regional industries from colonial powers in the region by raising trading tariffs and efforts by de Rosas to get Uruguay and Paraguay to join the confederation antagonised the French and British and led to the battle.
20 November has been nationally observed as the Day of National Sovereignty since 1974, but the fourth Monday only became a national holiday in 2010. Since 2017, the holiday has been celebrated on the Monday closest to 20 November, which is usually the third Monday in November.