Mate ban in Argentina

It happened more than 400 years ago, when the Spanish government sought to avoid this tradition that came from the Guarani people from becoming a common habit in society. At the time, they considered drinking mate was a wild vice that resulted in lazier men. This belief resulted in a mate ban in 1616.

The ban didn't do much good. Over time, the government that was against this natural and organic infusion changed its mind completely and launched a program to begin the Yerba Mate Industry in what today is the province of Misiones.

What made them change their mind? A simple but powerful discovery: the fact that exporting yerba mate could bring great economic benefits.


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19th Jul 2022

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