Comodoro Rivadavia is an Argentine city that was the main destination in South America for emigrants from Loulé. So that the ties between the two cities are not lost, there is now, in Loulé, a Praceta Comodoro Rivadavia.
The Loulé Chamber says that “it took this initiative so that this relationship is even stronger and that future generations maintain the link to the homeland of their ancestors”.
Thus, in the heart of the urban centre, next to the Municipal Park and the Municipal Social Center of Loulé, this street has now been renamed Comodoro Rivadavia.
«These are strong bonds because they unite feelings between people, between generations, and they must be cultivated. Country differences are never important when men want to talk to each other and make friends. The most important thing is to understand each other and make a better world», considered Vítor Aleixo, mayor.
In a week in which a delegation from the Argentine city visited the Algarve, on behalf of the Portuguese Association of Comodoro Rivadavia, the Portuguese community and the entire population of this city, José Carlos Madeira thanked the Municipality of Loulé for this initiative.
“For us it is an immense honor. I think of those Portuguese who went there 40, 50, 60, 70 years ago, at a time of great difficulty… At the time, Argentina was the country of the forgotten because it was difficult to return to Portugal. But they were always thinking about the Algarve, their homeland. With this act, here in Portugal you are also thinking of us. That's why this connection is very important”, he said.
The mayor/intendent of this city in Patagonia, Juan Pablo Luke, also sent a message to those present at this ceremony, expressing his gratitude.
«For our city and for our region it is a very beautiful gesture, how beautiful are the ties we have with Portugal and with other European countries», he said.
Comodoro Rivadavia is the most populous city in the Argentine province of Chubut.
The bonds of friendship between the municipality of Loulé, Argentina and the Portuguese community residing in its territory are strong and date back to the XNUMXth century.
The historical connection between the two countries is based on important foundations. From the beginning, Portugal was the first country to recognize the independence of the united provinces of Rio de La Plata, in 1821. But Argentina was also the first country to recognize the Portuguese Republic.
Currently, it is estimated that around 150 Portuguese live in Argentina. Through language, folklore or gastronomy, ties with our country are kept alive, even among the new generations.