Uruguay: History

  1. 1726

    The Spanish discover Montevideo and take over Uruguay from the Portuguese.

  2. 1828

    The Treaty of Montevideo gives birth to Uruguay as an independent state.

  3. 1945

    Uruguay is admitted to the United Nations.

  4. 1991

    The Mercosur trade bloc is established and Uruguay is made a sovereign member.

  5. 2001

    Admist an economic crisis, 15% of Uruguay's population leaves the country in search of work.

  6. 2002

    Tax increases and other emergency measures are taken to prevent Argentina's financial crisis from spilling over the border.

  7. 2006

    Uruguay pays off its billion-dollar debt to the International Monetary Fund.


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