CONFERENCE | The Argentine Indian Wars . 11 October

A fascinating ,disturbing and momentous but little known and little debated piece of Argentine history, often euphemistically described as “The Desert Campaign” it was one of the most important events in Argentine history. Professor Carlos Brebbia, Director of the Wessex Institute of Technology in Hampshire , and author of ” Patagonia – a Forgotten History”, will outline the history of the Indian wars. He will give an account of how and when and why these fertile lands were absorbed into Argentina.

The Indian Wars in Argentina bear an uncanny resemblance to those that took place in North America. They were the result of a never-ending demand for land to settle the influx of European immigration, and they led to the near extermination of all the native inhabitants and cultures in the name of civilisation.

As in the USA, the bulk of the excesses lay in the newly independent governments rather than with the old imperial powers. The history of both countries is littered with broken treaties, arbitrary persecutions, an untold number of massacres, and an ingrained conviction that the Indians could not be civilised and were in any case due to disappear. Nowhere was this more marked than in Patagonia.

The speaker will briefly describe the situation of the Indians under Spanish rule; the state of the frontier at independence and the situation in Patagonia, dwelling in Rosas Indian campaign before focusing on the famous “Campaign of the Wilderness” of Roca and the Pacification of the Patagonia.

TICKETS: Members £ 10. Non-members £ 18

For tickets contact the society secretary on 020 7235 9505 or email info@angloargentinesociety.co.uk

VENUE:11th October 2012 at 6.30pm @ Canning House, 2 Belgrave Square SW1X 8PJ

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Carlos A. Brebbia was born and brought up in Argentina where he attended Army colleges before graduating as an engineer. He then pursued his research in the USA and UK where he completed his Doctoral degree.

Thereafter he continued with his academic, mainly in the UK and USA, culminating in his appointment as Professor at the University of California. He then returned to the UK and set up the Wessex Institute, a research establishment in the New Forest specialising in advanced training and research.

He has written many scientific papers and is author or co-author of thirteen technical books. He is known internationally as the originator of computer techniques used to solve engineering problems and as the chairman of many international conferences.

Carlos’ interests outside engineering is in history and he has written two books dealing with regions that have captured his imagination. They are entitled “The New Forest, a personal view” and “Patagonia, a forgotten land; from Magellan to Peron”.

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