My visit to the historic port of Veracruz

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Me at the beach

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.

Me at the old house of Hernan Cortés
One of the most exciting things for me was to visit the "old" Veracruz, the district of the city which was actually founded by Cortés. Cortés house is in a terrible state of deterioration. All of the house has been plagued by giant fig trees, and now it is impossible to remove the branches and roots without destroying the house, that was made our of coral rock.

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.

patirkc_AAA says:
Nice article. It's a shame Veracruz is in such a poor state, considering its rich history.
Posted on: Sep 30, 2015
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Me at the beach
Me at the beach
Me at the old house of Hernan Cort…
Me at the old house of Hernan Cor…
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The lighthouse
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San Juan de Ulúa
Veracruz downtown
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Plaza de Armas
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City Hall
Benito Juarez and Mexican eagle
Benito Juarez and Mexican eagle
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Spanish armor
Spanish armor
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Más allá del puente... :)
Olmec head
Olmec head
The most ancient church in America
The most ancient church in America
Huachinango yeah!
Huachinango yeah!
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