South American Continental Exhibition

The South American Continental Exhibition (Exposición Continental Sud-Americana) was held in Buenos Aires from 14 March[2] to 31 July 1882.[1]

South American Continental Exhibition
Nicolás Avellaneda honorary chair of the committee
BIE-classUnrecognized exposition
NameSouth American Continental Exhibition
Visitors50 000
Organized byIndustrial Club of Buenos Aires[1]
CityBuenos Aires
VenuePlaza Once
Coordinates34°36′35″S 58°24′26.8″W
Opening14 March 1882
Closure31 July 1882
PreviousMelbourne International Exhibition (1880) in Melbourne
Next1888 Barcelona Universal Exposition in Barcelona
OtherExposition internationale des vins, Bordeaux, France


The fair was organised by the Industrial Club of Buenos Aires who had organised an industrial exhibition in Buenos Aires in 1877.[1] Julio A Roca (president) inaugurated the exhibition with the honorary chair of the committee Nicolás Avellaneda[2] stating that the exhibition represented industrial progress.[1]

Congress gave funds for the exhibition[1] which were used for premises in Plaza Once.

Exhibits and prizes

Exhibits covered: arts; beer, cigarettes and wine; clothing and footwear; and soap from Argentina and other countries in America and Europe.[1]

Prize winners included the Brazilian photographers Marc Ferrez, Insley Pacheco.[3] and the Brazilian 'Esberard Glass and Crystal' company.[4]

Pascual Ortega Portales from Chile received the second prize for paintings.[5]

Historical show

A historical show was announced on the 15 March 1882. This was to cover the history of the River Plate with sections including "Argentinian prehistorical", "Columbian era", numismatics, paintings, prints, manuscripts, maps (including nautical maps) and furniture.[1]

The tone of the exhibition was debated with Estanislao Zeballos of the exhibition organising committee arguing that war trophies that could embarrass potentially participating nations (Brazil and Paraguay) be excluded.[1]


By the time it closed at the end of July 50 000 people had visited.[1]


Aerial view of the exhibition

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