Ten things you might not know about the Irish in Latin America

Travelling exhibition highlights the contribution of the Irish diaspora in the region

Some biographers claim William Lamport (1611-1657), from Co Wexford inspired the character of Zorro. Photograph: Getty Images

Some biographers claim William Lamport (1611-1657), from Co Wexford inspired the character of Zorro. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish in Latin America, an international touring exhibition on view this week at NUI Galway, contains some surprising facts about the impact made by Irish people and their descendants in Latin American countries.

1. Argentina attracted the largest number of Irish immigrants outside the English speaking world. Private settlement schemes in the 18th century brought more than 50,000 Irish immigrants to Buenos Aires, from where they dispersed to rural areas and worked mostly as sheep farmers and cattle ranchers.

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