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Old May 28th, 2009, 06:50 AM   #1
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Old Downtown of Veracruz: the oldest european settlement in the American continent!

Hello! This is a thread of pictures I made of the old downtown in the city of Veracruz, the oldest european settlement in the whole continental America! The biggest city in the homonymous state, Veracruz comprehends also the biggest harbor in the nation... Hope you enjoy our little trip!

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The seaport was founded by Hernán Cortés, who first landed there in 1519 at the start of his quest to conquer Mexico for Spain. It was named La Villa Rica de la Vera Cruz ("The Rich Town of the True Cross"; the name is also occasionally given as La Rica Villa de la Vera Cruz).

It was New Spain's main port, where silver and wares from the Manila Galleons transported overland from Acapulco were loaded onto the Spanish treasure fleets for shipment to Spain. The port was harassed by hostile powers and by pirates, who succeeded in pillaging the city in 1653 and in 1712. In response to such dangers the large fortress of San Juan de Ulúa was built on an island in the harbour, beginning in 1565 and substantially expanded several times later.

A natural harbour, Veracruz has been fought over throughout its history. The city boasts the title "Four Times Heroic" in reference to the expulsion of the Spanish in 1815, and a series of subsequent defenses against France and the United States.

Veracruz was occupied by the French Navy in 1838 during the Pastry War, and captured again by the French in 1861. During the Mexican-American War, US forces led by Gen. Winfield Scott took the city on March 29, 1847 after the siege. In 1914 it was occupied by the United States for seven months in the Second Battle of Veracruz because of the Tampico Affair, this time under Major General Frederick Funston.

The railroad connecting Veracruz to Mexico City, 425 kilometres (264 mi) inland over mountain ranges, was constructed during the administration of Benito Juárez and inaugurated in 1873.


TRIVIA

As a bustling port city, Veracruz was the site of some of the most vicious pirate raids in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1683, the 5,000 citizens of Veracruz were trapped in the city, when the pirates Laurens de Graff and Michel de Grammont held it under siege. Together their crew of 600 looted the city and terrorized the inhabitants and left unscathed several days later.

Secret tunnels are said to exist under the city. Local lore has it that they were built during the colonial era by a countess who used them to engage affairs with men in different locations in the city while her husband was away.

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01 - Let's begin with the Veracruzean Cathedral, shall we?


02 - One of the oldest colonial works still standing in the continent!


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04 - Little square just in front of the Cathedral, all spanish cities have those, there called Zócalos and usually mark the downtown area


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06 - Narrow street...


07 - I believe it's a public building


08 - I don't have a clue of wth this is, but I guess it's pretty important


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11 - Here begins the Malecon, or harbor zone


12 - Ground Zero


13 - Map of the fortified city


14 - Several buildngs with interesting architecture


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17 - Monument


18 - The ultimate mexican symbol


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22 - Touristic bus


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25 - Separated in birth??


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33 - Back to the Cathedral


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35 - McDonald's


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Old May 28th, 2009, 07:10 AM   #2
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Great pics! I have family that lives there.. I must visit!
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Old May 28th, 2009, 06:48 PM   #3
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Very nice photos of Verakruz... the old part is great
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Old May 29th, 2009, 08:16 AM   #4
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Nice pictures, and I didn't know that it was the first city in the Americas...that's something new to learn. Looks beautiful.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 09:48 AM   #5
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Nice pics!!
When you say "oldest" do you mean in the America continental right? Because I know that Cuba has also Spanish settlement from the same time period.
Thanks for sharing. Keep posting.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 01:14 PM   #6
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i thought santo domingo was the first european settlement in the americas. great pics and lovely city
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Old May 29th, 2009, 07:31 PM   #7
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Nice pics!!
When you say "oldest" do you mean in the America continental right? Because I know that Cuba has also Spanish settlement from the same time period.
Thanks for sharing. Keep posting.
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i thought santo domingo was the first european settlement in the americas. great pics and lovely city
Precisely. I should have specified: continental America

Thanks everybody for the nice comments!
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Great city. Looks fantastic. I would really like to visit it (if I only had the money...)
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Very nice!
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I think this thread needs more photos please
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Old May 31st, 2009, 04:24 AM   #11
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here I go

Veracruz is also famous for their night life, here some photos from the portales in Zocalo just in front of the cathedral

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Soon more photos
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Old May 31st, 2009, 02:20 PM   #12
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Very charming city. Although the orange trash bins in pic 10 do ruin a bit of that passage's charm.
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Old May 31st, 2009, 03:22 PM   #13
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Lovely shots - truly European!
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Nice pics
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