Edgar Ávila/ Veracruz (México)/ Veracruz conmemorates in April the 500 years of its foundation keeping in mind its deep roots connected to the arrival of Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés, according to the organizers of the event.
The “500 Años de la Vera Cruz A.C.” foundation, which unites 257 members between writers, historians, sculptors, painters, teachers, photographers, gastronomic experts and musicians, is the manager of the acts, which will begin on April 22th.
The executive presidente of the foundation, Jaime Baca Olamendi, claimed to EFE that the 500th conmemoration of the first American city council’s establishment is an opportunity to be born again and reinvent itself.
“The 500-year Foundation has as its essential mission the supreme conmemoration of an historical event, whose impact is equivalent to the birth of a Nation, the arrival of a culture that merges with the indigenous cultures in a syncretism that exists”, he added.
The celebrations of the Foundation of the Villa Rica de la Vera Cruz, today the State of Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico and the constitution of its council, expect to get away from the polemic generated by the president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who asked for an apology of the king Felipe VI, regarding the abuses committed during the conquest.
“We’re convinced that this should be taken from the positive point of view, seeing it as an opportunity that Veracruz citizens and mexicans have to conmemorate the events occurred 500 years ago”, said Baca Olamendi.
Beyond the conversies, he stated that relations between the Veracruz people and Spain are excellent because of the big amount of Spanish root in Veracruz, as well as others communities such as the Lebanese, German, French or Chinese.
“Veracruz is founded in a place where there wasn’t a settlement of the primary people, where there wasn’t a previous settlement. Then it begins to create a multicultural community of many nationalities, not only of the indigenous peoples, but of Europe”, he added.
Historians attest the deep roots of Veracruz with people from Spain, Holland or France until the reinvention over the centuries of a city that was the entrance door of Hernán Cortés to what is now Mexico.
In this way, Veracruz is considered a city in which, over the centuries since the arrival of Hernán Cortés, European families or from other places have had the ability to integrate and start new lives.
Baca Olamendi reminds that, despite the fact that the first constitutive certificate of the Veracruz council’s constitution isn’t signed, it’s celebrated every April 22th.
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Conmemorar la llegada de Hernán Cortés a América.
Condenar los abusos de la conquista.
Un colaborador de la fundación
Un descendiente de Hernán Cortés
El presidente ejecutivo de la fundación
Más de 300 miembros.
Menos de 300 miembros
Más de 500 miembros
Cada 1 de abril.
Cada 22 de agosto.
Cada 22 de abril.