Next Tuesday Concepción del Uruguay turns 241 years old

Next Tuesday Concepción del Uruguay turns 241 years old
Next Tuesday Concepción del Uruguay turns 241 years old

Next Tuesday, June 25, Concepción del Uruguay will turn 241 years old. For this reason, the municipality announced the details of the celebrations that will take place that day at 11:00 at the bust that remembers the founder Don Tomás de Rocamora, located on Rocamora and Boulevard Los Constituciónntes.

During the ceremony a wreath will be placed and there will be words alluding to the date.

The foundation of the historic Concepción del Uruguay

It was founded on June 25, 1783 by Don Tomás de Rocamora, on the banks of the Arroyo de la China.

In 2023 and on the occasion of the city’s 240th anniversary, Professor Gustavo Sirota spoke with La Pirámide and made a historical guide to the emblematic sites of the La Concepción neighborhood, the area where our town began to emerge.

La Concepción Chapel. Photo: Mario Soria

In that sense, Sirota explained that it was in “the La Concepción neighborhood, an emblematic area of ​​the city in front of the chapel, where the monolith that remembers La Delfina is located. “A Portuguese woman who decided to accompany Francisco Ramírez and who has been buried since 1839 in our city.”

«The old city or the old town is a place with a lot of history and is related to the local heritage. It extends from the Itapé River and the China Stream to the West and was known as the old town because the first settlers of the city were there,” he had mentioned.

On the other hand, he had explained that “the first parish or chapel was built on this site, or near here, in 1780. Between 1791 and 1795, once the city was founded, the first chapel was erected on the site where the Immaculate Conception still stands. Conception”.

«The old cemetery was also here, because until 1805 it was on a property adjacent to the parish, in front of the current central square. Likewise, the current site where the Colegio del Uruguay is located was used as a burial site, for hygiene reasons, because it was far from the city at that time. It was there until 1856, when the current local cemetery was opened,” Sirota had said.

“When work was carried out in the current Inmaculada, bones were found, as well as here behind when the work of the South Defense was done,” he had stated.

On the other hand, Sirota indicated that «a success of Tomás de Rocamora was to make the city towards the North, in order to be more protected. In 1814 the city was invaded by the royalists of Montevideo and the defense of the city was unguarded. The combat claims the life of the city’s main defender and the sailor Samuel Spiro.

Concepción del Uruguay, provincial capital

«Entre Ríos was divided into parties. There were Paraná, Nogoyá, Tala and the foundations of Rocamora, Gualeguay, Gualeguaychú and Concepción del Uruguay. The Council of our city was the only one that met in Entre Ríos to decide what to do when the Assembly of the year XIII was held,” said Sirota.

«When the province was created, the capital was located in Concepción del Uruguay. Since 1822, this idea was reaffirmed, which had been proposed since 1814, with the creation of the province,” he said.

Finally, he pointed out: «In 1883 we lost the capital and it became Paraná. “This dispossession has to do with a Conception of Uruguay that could have been and that was not.”

The Pyramid Editorial

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