Welcome back to our Byte Blog! Continuing our Spanish learning journey with ViLaCa we will see time and time again all the fascinating topics our students will be learning! Last week our blog featured the legend of La Llorona. This story is well known and has been told and passed down over many generations. Check out last week’s blog, La Llorona to learn more! The Germany of the Carribean
We have an interesting topic to share with all of you today! Colonia Tovar, a city located in Venezuela, is known as the Germany of the Carribean. This city was founded by a group of German immigrants in 1843. The history of this city began when Venezuela’s war of independence ended in May 1840. The Venezuelan Congress decreed a new law for immigrants. The government representative Agustin Codazzi was in charge of bringing in new immigrants from Kaiserstuhl.
The lands selected were in the Cordillera de la Costa and they belonged to Manuel Felipe Tovar who donated them for the use of the new colony. Tovar is considered one of the most beautiful and touristy places close to Caracas. The city is reliant on agriculture, tourism, and crafts. Due to the climate agriculture has flourished in this area and from its German background the gastronomy aspect of the area also flourished. The city is known for its strudels, churros, strawberries and cream, and the traditional Kaiserschmarrn.
“Tovar is considered one of the most beautiful and touristy places close to Caracas.”
Another interesting tidbit is that this area not only speaks Spanish, it also speaks Aleman Coloniero. This is a modified German dialect. The inhabitants have dedicated themselves to writing the grammar and preserving the dialect so that it does not get lost. The city also celebrates German influenced festivals such as Oktober Beer festival. Many of this city’s architecture is German influenced as well. Such as the church of Saint Martin de Tours which was built by German immigrants.
Colonia Tovar has much to offer its residents and tourists with its charming German background. How many cities like this exist in other countries? It is interesting to see how people from different backgrounds settle in a new country. Come back next week to read up on what we have in store for you. Let us know in the comments below if you have visited Colonia Tovar!
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