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Mar del Plata: coastal city, southeastern Buenos Aires provincia, east-central Argentina. Juan de Garay, the second founder of Buenos Aires, first explored the coastal area of Mar del Plata in 1581. In 1746 Father Thomas Falkner and FatherJosé Cardiel founded the Indian work mission Nuestra Señora del Pilar (“Our Lady of Pilar”) at the site of the present-day city. Fear of attack by the Indian chief Cangapol caused the mission to be abandoned in 1751. The Portuguese explorer Jose Coelho Mierelles, granted land as poblador (settler) of Mar del Plata, colonized the region in 1856, establishing a fishing village, La Peregrina (“The Pilgrim”). Mierelles started the first meat-salting plant in the area in 1857. Meat salting remained important throughout the Buenos Aires region until the introduction of refrigeration in the late 19th century. Mar del Plata was founded in 1874, after Patriço Peralta Ramos acquired three landholdings from Mierelles in 1860 and promoted the sites as a seaside resort. In 1907 Mar del Plata was declared a city and has since that time developed as one of Argentina's foremost ocean-resort areas.

Mar del Plata's primary commercial activities revolve around tourism. The city's 5 miles (8 km) ofbeaches attract huge crowds during the summer and a large number of people during the remainder of the year as well. The tourist season is from November to mid-April. Mar del Plata is famous for its luxurious casino, one of the largest in the world. After tourism, the chief economic activities are building construction, textiles, and commercial fishing and canning. The National University of Mar del Plata (1961) is located in the city. There are museums of art and natural science. The city is served well by highway, railway, and air transport to Buenos Aires and other major cities of Argentina. Pop. (1980) 407,024; (1991) 519,707; (2001) 621.827.

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northern italian said:
Nice place !
I have some relatives there :)
yes?? you are Italian, aren't you?

Mar del Plata (like the majority of Argentine cities) was founded by Italian immigrants! there are lot of Italian people there in this city!!!!!!!

BTW I am happy you like Mar del Plata

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yes?? you are Italian, aren't you?

Mar del Plata (like the majority of Argentine cities) was founded by Italian immigrants! there are lot of Italian people there in this city!!!!!!!

BTW I am happy you like Mar del Plata

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Almost all the italians of Argentina are from Veneto and Trentino (my province).

Do you know a Venturini family in MdP ? :)
 

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Almost all the italians of Argentina are from Veneto and Trentino (my province).

Do you know a Venturini family in MdP ? :)
Venturini? Hmm.. The captain of the brazilian volleyball women team is Fernanda Venturini. :) Maybe you got a cousin?

 

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northern italian said:
Almost all the italians of Argentina are from Veneto and Trentino (my province).

Do you know a Venturini family in MdP ? :)
No, I dont live in Mar del Plata, but it seems to be a common surname, Ventura, Venturini, Venturino..........

you know, outside Italy, Argentina is the most Italian country... not only in the people, but also Argentine towns has Italian architecture, not the case of Buenos Aires with its Parisian architecture

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No, I dont live in Mar del Plata, but it seems to be a common surname, Ventura, Venturini, Venturino..........

you know, outside Italy, Argentina is the most Italian country... not only in the people, but also Argentine towns has Italian architecture, not the case of Buenos Aires with its Parisian architecture

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We know that very well ;)

In fact there are lots of circulos trentini down there and various "novo Trento", "puerto Tirol" etc in both Brazil and Argentina.

My province has many contacts with the south american trentinis.

http://www.trentininelmondo.it/

http://www.trentininelmondo.it/argentina/index.aspx
http://www.trentininelmondo.it/brasile/index.aspx


Is this your town ?

CIRCOLO TRENTINO DI SAN NICOLAS DE LOS ARROYOS

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Casilla de Correo n° 30 - Chacabuco n° 89
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