History

Rosario’s first European inhabitants settled here around 1720. After independence Rosario quickly superseded Santa Fe as the province’s economic powerhouse, though, to the irritation of rosarinos, the provincial capital retained political primacy.

Rosario was a port of entry for European agricultural colonists and from 1869 to 1914 its population grew nearly tenfold, though a decline of economic and shipping activity during the 1960s hit hard.

Nationalistic Argentines cherish Rosario, home to Cuna de la Bandera (Cradle of the Flag), a monument to the nation’s flag.