My visit to the historic port of Veracruz
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I did this small trip to Veracruz after visiting Monterrey with my argentinian friends. I always wanted to go there as the city has a tremendous historical significance for Mexico. It was the first city founded by europeans in the american continent. It was founded by no less than Hernan Cortés, on Holy Friday, 1519. It was the first city in the continent that welcomed the missionaries. Also, it was a bastion of mexican defense against US interventions during the mexican-american war, the war of reformation and the mexican revolution. So, Veracruz is definitively a milestone city for my country.
However, I was very dissapointed about the bad state of preservation that most things are over there. The cathedral is in a sad state, compared to the rich cathedrals of Jalisco, Nuevo Leon and other states.
I went to the place where Cortés sank his ships, and there was absolutely nothing there to commemorate the event. The first chapel of the Americas is also there. The preservation is not bad, but it is not given the enourmous historical significance it has. Overall, I was very dissapointed by all that, but it's nothing but the consequence of centuries of hate and black legend against hispanic culture, of which Mexico is an important part. I hope one day we can forget the hate and learn to appreciate the greatness of the historical events that created us.