From “savages” to heroes: the construction of “indio Charrúa” utterance from 1830 to the early twentieth century

Andrés Azpiroz About the author


The article analysis of the concept referring to the “indios charrúas” and the course it took progressively from the beginning of the Estado Oriental toward the 1st decades of the 20th century. From a conceptual history´s perspective, diverse meanings of the “charrúa”’s utterance were examined closely through written and iconographic sources. By reading the article, a very complex process is appreciated: how such a negative concept, associated to the word “savage” was transformed into a positive one, due to the integration of that group of “savages” to Uruguays national identity.

Key Words :
Charrúas; Conceptual History; Uruguay

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