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Gauchesco has been preserved in literature, music, and jokes, and is part of the national identity.Along the Brazilian border, a local dialect called portuñol or brasilero is spoken. English has influenced the language of technology and the slang used by young people. The color sky-blue ( celeste ) is a powerful symbol that represents freedom and independence.Originally, they were equestrian hunters of cattle for hides, beef or salting, and horses for riding.Later they traded in contraband, worked on the cattle and sheep ranches, and served as militia during the struggle for independence and as mercenaries for post-independence caudillos .There are also some limited extensions of gallery forests and palm tree savannas.The main cultural differences are related to rural (9 percent) versus urban populations (91 percent), and whether people live in the capital or the interior towns.Most of the country consists of gently rolling plains interrupted by two ridges of low hills.The remainder consists of fertile coastal and riverine lowlands, including a narrow sandy and marshy coastal plain.
Gauchos originated as mestizos in these prairies (pampas) of southern South America.
The gaucho image has become the embodiment of the national character.
The idealized gaucho is strong, brave, loyal, proud but humble, honorable, generous, straightforward, clever, patient, wise but melancholic from hardship, and free and independent.
Africans, 4 percent of the population, mainly in Montevideo, were imported as slaves to work in the ports, in the processing of meat and hides, and as servants. The prevalent language is a variety of Spanish known as Rioplatense or Platellano .
In rural areas, gauchesco/criollo, the creole dialect spoken by the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century gauchos, is still influential.