Another reason cited for the
very small current day population of Africans is the influx of
Europeans during the 1800's.
In the early 1800’s Argentina
was sparsely populated. An immigration policy
was enacted to encourage European migration.
In the 1870s, due to the
economic crisis in Europe, immigration rates were high.
This continued through the 1930's. Unofficial records show that, during
the 1860s, 160,000 immigrants arrived to Argentina, while in the
1880s the number increased to 841,000, almost doubling the
population of the country in that decade. Between 1857 and 1940
6.611.000 of Europeans immigrants arrived to Argentina.
with African blood "disappeared" into the predominately European
population through intermarriage.
history books call the country's lack of self-identifying
people of color "one of the most intriguing riddles in Argentine
history," while another notes that "the disappearance of the
Negro from the Argentine scene has puzzled demographers far more
than the vanishing Indian." The combination of events
left Argentina “97 % white."
Still the African culture remains in the rhythms and dances of