• Spain took control of Uruguay from the Portuguese, which had established territory in 1680.

  • May Revolution marked the end of Spanish rule in the region.

  • Brazil and Argentina renounce claims to the territory which becomes the Eastern Republic of Uruguay. 

  • The World Bank approves loans over $250 million to help Uruguay stay away from Argentina's financial crisis.

  • An energy deal is signed with Venezuela, to guarantee an oil supply.

  • Uruguay pays off its billion-dollar debt to the International Monetary Fund.
  • The discovery of large natural gas fields off Uruguay's Atlantic coast. 

  • Congress votes to revoke an amnesty law that protected military officers from prosecution for crimes committed under military rule in 1975-1983.

  • Uruguay becomes the first country in the world to legally produce and sell marijuana for recreational use.


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