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The Fortress San Juan de Ulua

by Jorge Sanchez - 3 years, 10 months ago

I was coming from Texas, crossed by bus Tamaulipas state and stopped in Veracruz for three days. I expected that in Veracruz I would find a monument devoted to Hernan Cortes, the founder of the town in 1519. But no, nothing there reminds him. I only saw in the Palacio Municipal a plaque made with colorful tiles depicting the Spaniards and the local indigenous people singing the first notary act in America was signed there, in 1519. It was in Veracruz where was built the first Town Hall in continental America. I rented a room in a central hostel (Hotel Santander), very clean and not expensive, and after leaving my small bag went to the market to eat seafood with a beer Coronas. The nights were joyful in the Plaza de Armas, or Zocalo, where the cathedral was situated. Every night musicians played different musical instruments while the people danced around. During my stay in that city I made an excursion to the huge Fortress San Juan de Ulua, located in an island in front of Veracruz. I got there by small canoe. During the XVI century it was the most formidable fortress in the world. The forth day I left by bus to Colima state, in the Atlantic Ocean.


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