Argentina is derived from the Latin argentum ("silver"). La Plata Basin does not have any sources of silver, but the first Spanish conquerors arrived to the area following rumors of the existence of silver mountains, hence the name.
Gaúcho is a term commonly used to describe residents of the South American pampas, Gran Chaco, or Patagonian grasslands.
The word gaucho could be described as a loose equivalent to the North American "cowboy". Gauchos made up the majority of the rural population, herding cattle on the vast estancias, and practising hunting as their main economic activities.
The first recorded uses of the term "gaucho" date from around the time of Argentine independence in 1816.
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