It's the same reason that Brown crossed the Magellan Strait instead of rounding Cape HornThanks, and I'm glad you were able to figure that I'm in South America, I am so used to typing the country named South Africa. the funniest thing was that I was bent on keeping from getting Cape Horn and Cape of Good Hope mixed up, so my mind was visualizing one making sure I didn't call it the other and so I just went with the continent name and got that wrong.
The genesis of this TL was a stray thought back around the 210th anniversary of the May Revolution which amounted to "what if I made the Argentine revolution more like the American one - not devoid of egos and infighting, but spared its disastrous consequences?"; in many ways, the success of the American Revolution was somewhat uncharacteristic of revolutionary movements, the Continental Congress survived the entire revolutionary war, and although the Articles of Confederation were a garbage fire of a system, it was fixed without violence.It is amazing what egos can do to a Revolution, I read this and it feels like a miracle that the United States held on like a did. I had known that there was instability in Latin American nations but had no idea it was that bad. That is the great thing about alternate history, you can learn a lot of cool stuff about history also.
I admit that it has required me to paper over some issues that even in TTL should have been quite controversial and problematic, such as the fact that about half of the morenist faction was openly Carlotist, and as a result at least theoretically monarchists, but if I ever re-write the TL in the future, I'll try and fit it in better.
It was heartbreakingly onesided by that point.And, fighting into the 1940s is incredible.