Uruguay uses latest tech to raise profile of independence hero

Enhanced-reality technologies and 360-degree video help to highlight the life of Uruguayan independence war leader Jose Artigas (1764-1850) at an interactive center inaugurated this week in the northwestern province of Paysandu.

Enhanced-reality technologies and 360-degree video help to highlight the life of Uruguayan independence war leader Jose Artigas (1764-1850) at an interactive center inaugurated this week in the northwestern province of Paysandu.

Tourism Minister Liliam Kechichian was on hand Monday for the opening of the Meseta de Artigas Interpretation Center, located on the banks of the Uruguay River, 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) north of the city of Paysandu.

The site was not chosen at random, as the meseta, or plateau, is very close to Purificacion, the site where Artigas established in 1815 the base from which he rallied the present-day Argentine provinces of Cordoba, Corrientes, Entre Rios, Santa Fe and Misiones as well as the so-called Eastern Province that is now Uruguayan territory.

Rejecting the centralizing ambitions of Buenos Aires, those regions formed a Federal League of the Free Peoples and a government of the United Provinces of the River Plate, with Gen. Artigas at its head.

LatinAmerican Herlad Tribune |

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