Uruguay History Timeline

By | October 14, 2021

According to businesscarriers, Uruguay is a South American country bordering Brazil to the north and Argentina to the southwest.

All of South America and Uruguay were inhabited by large groups of Indians long before the Europeans arrived.

The country’s capital is Montevideo. The city with 1.3 million residents is Uruguay’s largest and at the same time the most important port city and as much as 80% of the country’s exports come from here.

Civil law was finally restored in 1985, and in 2004 a new and progressive coalition won national elections, essentially ending 175 years of political instability in the country.

Today, along its sunny beaches, and restaurants and shops in the capital, tourism is flourishing again.


1516 – Spain, led by Juan Diaz de Solis, is the first to visit the country. The native Indians bloodily and vehemently opposed the Spanish conquest. However, the Spaniards lost interest in the country in the 16th and 17th centuries, when the yields of gold and silver were low.

1603 – The country becomes the center of a series of strife between the Spanish and Portuguese empires. The Spanish began to introduce domestic cattle to the area, which became a source of wealth.

1680 – The Portuguese establish Colonia del Sacramento on the edge of the River Plate, opposite the Spanish-ruled city of Buenos Aires.

1724 – The Spaniard Bruno de Zabala establishes a settlement that later develops into the country’s capital, Montevideo.

1806-1807 – The British Army tries to take control of Buenos Aires and Montevideo during the Napoleonic Wars. Montevideo was besieged by the British in September 1807.

1811-1830 – During the War of Independence, José Gervasio led Artigas, a successful revolution against the Spanish authorities, and defeated the Spanish forces during the Battle of Las Piedras on 18 May. He was proclaimed the country’s national hero.

1816 – Portugal invades Brazil and invades Banda Oriental. They took control of Montevideo in January 1817. The country remained part of the Spanish colonial empire until 1821, when Brazil annexed it.

1825 – The country gains independence.

1828 – The state of Uruguay is officially established.

1857 – Uruguay’s first bank opens.

1860-1868 – During this period the number of sheep grew from 3 million. to 17 million. The main reason for this increase in the number of sheep lay above all in the improved methods of animal husbandry, which were introduced in Uruguay by the many European immigrants. Montevideo became an economic center of the area. Due to a large port in Montevideo, the city was used as a base for trade that Uruguay had with neighboring countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.

1977 BOXING – Uruguayan heavyweight boxer Alfredo Evangelista boxed a WBA / WBC title fight against Muhammad Ali himself, but lost on pts: 64-72, 64-72, 65-71. The fight took place at the Capitol Center, Landover, Maryland, on May 16th. It was his second defeat in a row.

1978 BOXING – Alfred Evangelista tried to take the WBC title from Larry Holmes on October 11 at Ceasars Palace, Las Vegas, but was knocked out in the 7th round.

1980 BOXING – Alfred Evangelista tried to beat a vulnerable Leon Spinks in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on December 1, but Spinks overcame his problems and knocked out his opponent in the 5th inning.

1987 BOXING – Alfred Evangelista tried to win the EBU title over the Swedish heavyweight, Anders Eklund, but was knocked out in the 7th round on March 28 in KB Hallen, Copenhagen.

Uruguay History Timeline