History 12 Midterm.pdf - Introduction of Soccer in Argentina The rise to prominence of soccer in Argentina can be traced to the early 19th century The

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Introduction of Soccer in Argentina The rise to prominence of soccer in Argentina can be traced to the early 19th century. The British Empire orchestrated two unsuccessful invasions of Buenos Aires in 1806 and 1807 as part of the Napoleonic Wars (Brown). These events led to the infusion of British immigrants in the region as English soldiers were either captured in conflict or deserted their posts to settle down in the rich land of Buenos Aires. The British Empire expected a quick and decisive victory during the second invasion of Buenos Aires. As a result, 70 ships full of merchants looking for new opportunities to plunder, barter, and trade joined the invading fleet. Local militia successfully defeated the British forces and drove them out of Buenos Aires, but the English settlers remained and spread their influence throughout the region (Bridger 172). The people of Argentina viewed Britain “as a model of economic strength and political stability, and remained dependent on British trade, investment, and goodwill” (Brown). As the immigrant population expanded, British ideas were rapidly integrated into Argentinian industries, infrastructure, and culture. In addition to economic activities, the British also brought their love of the sport to the Argentines. The mass immigration led to the eventual transition of horse riding, rugby, and polo to Argentina. However, one of Britain’s most significant contributions was the introduction of soccer to the Argentinian people (Bridger 172). At first, the sport was thought of as a crazy
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