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Of Darwin, Cardoons and Juan Manuel de Rosas
Saturday, February 24, 2018



We Argentines (I am a Canadian citizen but I was born in Argentina) have the good luck, unlike Canadians, of having several poems and novels that are about the country. We have several definitive Argentine novels. One of them is the 19th century Martín Fierro by Martín Hernandez. Argentines of my generation have all read the long poem about a doomed gaucho during the war when the Argentine army pushed back the native Argentines west and south to almost extinction.

I also love re-reading Charles Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle in which I learn and fondly remember how Darwin befriends an as yet to be strongman Juan Manuel de Rosas. They galloped together in the southern Pampa where Darwin noticed the cardoon growing in every direction he could see. The cardoon is the wild version of the artichoke so Darwin declared. To this day any spiny plant is called a cardo in Argentina.

El gaucho Martín Fierro
Poema de José Hernández, publicado en 1872

Y al que le toca la herencia,
donde quiera halla su ruina:
lo que la suerte destina
no puede el hombre evitar,
porque el cardo ha de pinchar
es que nace con espinas.
Canto III - 451 y ss.
La vuelta de Martín Fierro



     

Previous Posts
Winter Wise At Old Age

My Lust for Heat

From Glamour to Not

Two Fish in the Water for 50 Years

A Strange Ocurrence at The Post

To Die Twice

Holly Suicide in Red

Holly Suicide by the Bay Window

Carmen Aguirre - La Militante Sinuosa

Joseph Desiré Charnay at Uxmal



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6/18/17 - 6/25/17

6/25/17 - 7/2/17

7/2/17 - 7/9/17

7/9/17 - 7/16/17

7/16/17 - 7/23/17

7/23/17 - 7/30/17

7/30/17 - 8/6/17

8/6/17 - 8/13/17

8/13/17 - 8/20/17

8/20/17 - 8/27/17

8/27/17 - 9/3/17

9/3/17 - 9/10/17

9/10/17 - 9/17/17

9/17/17 - 9/24/17

9/24/17 - 10/1/17

10/1/17 - 10/8/17

10/8/17 - 10/15/17

10/15/17 - 10/22/17

10/22/17 - 10/29/17

10/29/17 - 11/5/17

11/5/17 - 11/12/17

11/12/17 - 11/19/17

11/19/17 - 11/26/17

11/26/17 - 12/3/17

12/3/17 - 12/10/17

12/10/17 - 12/17/17

12/17/17 - 12/24/17

12/24/17 - 12/31/17

12/31/17 - 1/7/18

1/7/18 - 1/14/18

1/14/18 - 1/21/18

1/21/18 - 1/28/18

1/28/18 - 2/4/18

2/4/18 - 2/11/18

2/11/18 - 2/18/18

2/18/18 - 2/25/18

2/25/18 - 3/4/18

3/4/18 - 3/11/18

3/11/18 - 3/18/18

3/18/18 - 3/25/18

3/25/18 - 4/1/18

4/1/18 - 4/8/18

4/8/18 - 4/15/18

4/15/18 - 4/22/18

4/22/18 - 4/29/18

4/29/18 - 5/6/18

5/6/18 - 5/13/18

5/13/18 - 5/20/18

5/20/18 - 5/27/18

5/27/18 - 6/3/18

6/3/18 - 6/10/18

6/10/18 - 6/17/18

6/17/18 - 6/24/18

6/24/18 - 7/1/18

7/1/18 - 7/8/18

7/8/18 - 7/15/18

7/15/18 - 7/22/18

7/22/18 - 7/29/18

7/29/18 - 8/5/18

8/5/18 - 8/12/18

8/12/18 - 8/19/18

8/19/18 - 8/26/18

8/26/18 - 9/2/18

9/2/18 - 9/9/18

9/9/18 - 9/16/18

9/16/18 - 9/23/18

9/23/18 - 9/30/18

9/30/18 - 10/7/18

10/7/18 - 10/14/18

10/14/18 - 10/21/18

10/21/18 - 10/28/18

10/28/18 - 11/4/18

11/4/18 - 11/11/18

11/11/18 - 11/18/18

11/18/18 - 11/25/18