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A Basque neighborhood in Entre Ríos

Las Caleras was the first Spanish settlement in the city of Victoria.
Entre Ríos
Las Caleras fue el primer asentamiento español de la ciudad de Victoria.
| 25 March, 2019 |

Say that in the city of Victoria ( Entre Ríos) is the one that was the first Spanish settlement in these lands could be taken as a disrespect depending on who hears it: it happens that the people who crossed the Atlantic to settle there were Basque origin, and hardly a Basque would consider himself. same Spanish. But, leaving that detail aside, the truth is that the Basques were the ones who first arrived in Victoria , where they founded the neighborhood that was later called Las Caleras or the Fifth Cuartel.


From the beginning of the 19th century, the Basques— originally from northern Spain — came to our country in search of new opportunities. Those who arrived in Victoriagradually populated the place of caleros ovens, next to which they settled with their families, which some brought from Europe several years later. By 1820, the Fifth Quarter was the most populated neighborhood of the city, with dozens of lime kilns where limestone came from the outskirts of the city was worked.

By 1820, the Fifth Quarter was the most populated neighborhood of the city, with dozens of lime kilns where limestone came from the outskirts of the city was worked.


The local Tourism Directorate has made a map that allows tourists to explore the most emblematic buildings of that time, consisting of fifteen points that allow them to walk around the neighborhood on foot or by car and to make direct contact with those times past.
A different and somewhat unknown option that allows us to know something different from our history.

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