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Dear diary,


This is my first entrée in this diary. The year is 1807 and over the past year I have been helping to occasionally fight British forces trying to take over Buenos Aires. It was no my choice to fight but my owners. I am a slave in a farm outside of the city and when my master was called to fight he brought me with him. The country I live in Argentina is a Spanish colony and Spain is our mother nation. When word that the British were attacking reached the city we gathered a small force thinking that we would have Spain to defend us. The Spanish however never showed up and said their forces were needed for other reasons. My owner was outraged when he heard about this complaining that he pays tax’s for Spain and they don’t do their job of protecting us. We were successful in defeating the British without Spanish help however now many new questions are being asked about Spain, and people are starting to talk about a revolution.

Dear diary,


The date is may 14th 1810, today I was working in the fields as usual when I heard shouting coming from the head house. Curious of what had happened I put down my hoe and proceeded to the house. Then I discovered the new, our mother nation Spain had fallen to Napolian and French now ruled Spain. Ever since the Spanish failed to support us in fighting off the British back in 1806 and 1807 when they tried to take control of Buenos Aires. I do now have much of an opinion towards the Spanish because what is occurring with the people of Argentina and the Spanish government does not really affect me since I am a slave. However as the official property of my master it is his opinion that affects me.

Dear diary,


The date is May 17th 1810; it is 3 days after I first overheard the news of Spain being taken over by France. My master sent me into Buenos Aires today to pick up supplies and I learned more on argentines current state. The conversations were mixed in the market; some are arguing that we still need to stay loyal to Spain, while the others like my master are urging a revolution. The rebels are saying that change needs to be made and the first step is to take control of Buenos Aires. The current leader of Buenos Aires is Spanish Viceroy Cisneros. During my day trips into Buenos Aires I see it as a flourishing city, however my master has told me otherwise and it looks to me like he is going to be in the first group to start and up rise.

Dear diary,


The date is May 25th 1810. Over the past week since I haven’t written in this journal, I have found out a lot about what has occurred and what is happening in Buenos Aires. On May 18th my master went into town to meet with other citizens. He told me of how they demanded for Cisnero to form a town council, and after he tried to stall he fell to there demands. The meeting was first held on the 22nd and on the 24th, there was a regional ruling for the junta, which included Ciserno, Creole leader Juan José Castelli, and military commander Cornelio Saavedra according to my master. I am writing rite now in bed, it is about midnight and today was a big day. As it seems no one wanted Ciserno to stay in control and today the rebels were successful in getting rid of him. A new junta was created today, and Argentina made its first step for independence. I’m not sure right now as to what my opinion is towards this revolution. I should be siding with my master but I believe that this revolution is going to bring a lot of change, which could lead to me getting out of slavery. For now I will continue to do my job, and agree with my master.

Dear diary,


The date is January 1817. It has been a long time since I have written in this journal because I have not been able to. After my owner was killed I have been fighting the Spanish for our revolution. My leader is José de san martin, a great man who I have been fighting for since 1814 when he first started his military campaign for independence. I am hoping that if I continue to fight for he José might recognize me as a patriot and grant me independence, and get me out of slavery. The past 3 years have not been easy, being a slave I think has helped me get through this since I am used to harsh conditions. About a year ago the congress of tucumen gathered and formed and issued a formal declaration for independence, and as I write to you today Argentina is independent and I am not just fighting for mine. I don’t know if I will be able to write again for a while so for now goodbye to whoever it is might read this diary.

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