August 23, 1865: Lincoln, Argentina


Americans traveling through Argentina are sometimes surprised when they come across the town of Lincoln.  Founded in 1871, the name of the town was the result of a decree of the government of Argentina on August 23, 1865 which ordered that the employees of the government of Argentina observe three days of mourning for Lincoln and decreed that the next town founded be named in honor of Lincoln.  Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, President of Argentina from 1868-1874, was such an admirer of Lincoln, that he wrote the first biography of him in Spanish.

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  1. While visiting the Sicilian town of Enna, atop a high, rocky prominence reached by a winding road, we found a memorial to Abraham Lincoln. Enna was the site of a famous slave revolt.

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