The word Porteños means “people of the port” in Spanish.
Portenos are citizens of Argentina’s capital and largest city, Buenos Aires.
They represent people of various cultures, including Italian, German, and Spanish.
Buenos Aires is considered to be the most European city in South America, and is the second largest metropolitan area in South America, after São Paulo.
Juan Díaz de Solís was the first European to reach the Río de la Plata in 1516, but his expedition was cut short when he was killed during an attack by the native Charrúa tribe in what is now Uruguay.
About 12 million people lived in the city and 31 surrounding districts in 2001, and most porteños have European origins, with Italian and Spanish descent being the most common.