Uruguayan Independence history lesson continued. It was after the country gained independence that genocide began against the native people to the land. La Campaña de Salsipuedes (meaning get-out-if-you-can) in 1831 was led by the first Uruguayan President, Fructuoso Rivera. It's said that only four male Charrúas survived and that the tribe was extinct. The four Charrúas were taken to Paris and put on display — they all died in France. 300 Charrúa women and children were made to be household slaves for Europeans. By 1840, there were only 18 surviving Charrúa in Uruguay — we believe one was my great grandfather. Today, there around 150,000 people in Uruguay who have Charrúa roots – my Abuela was one of them. Because of the demise of the tribe, there's barely any written history about the Charrúas. I know very little about this part of who I am. Garra charrúa means to be victorious in the face of certain defeat and is often cheered at futbol matches.