The first incursions. Hernandarias describes about his reconnoiter trip the land on the eastern side of the Río de la Plata in an official report for Philip III of Spain. In which he could not hide his fascination with the seductive landscape, envisioning a prosperous future in every corner of the country, ... "land in wich big quantities of cattle can be raised.. coasts where big ships can be loaded with all the animal hides and other fruits of the earth yielded in abundance..."|
In 1611, Hernandarias himself introduced the first units of cattle which populated the lannd.
The Apple of Discord.
Between 1680 and 1777, the Portuguese as well as Spaniards were responsible for transforming the "Banda Oriental" in an apple of discord (a bone of contention).The Portuguese under Don Manuel de Lobo were the first to found a colony nemed later "Nova Colonia do Sacramento", as a point of entrance into the Americas.