Uruguay – Colonia del Sacramento

Google translation of the introduction: Uruguay – Colonia del Sacramento
25. April 2018
During my one-year stay in South America in the 1960s, I had heard almost nothing of the small town of Colonia del Sacramento; the historic old town had not yet been restored and did not seem to be so interesting. I was in Montevideo more often at the time because I had a friend there who I visited regularly. However, I always took a “normal” ship from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento in three hours and climbed directly at the port into the interurban bus, which took me to Montevideo in about two hours. The trip used to be cheap, so I could do it so often. I was in Uruguay again 14 years ago with my daughter, but we were only in Montevideo and on the beaches of the east to Punta del Este. I have not yet visited the pretty small town of Colonia del Sacramento, just opposite Buenos Aires on the other side of the infinitely wide Rio de la Plata. I wanted to do that with my husband during this trip.

Colonia del Sacramento, a small town on the Rio de la Plata, is the oldest city in Uruguay. The former port city was built in 1680 by Portuguese troops for strategic reasons. During the colonial period, the small town was constantly contested and changed its commanders fifteen times within 150 years: it was alternately under Portuguese, then again under Spanish, and for a short time even under British rule, until Uruguay gained independence in 1825 and Colonia del Sacramento officially became in 1828 was handed over to the new state.

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Während meines einjährigen Aufenthaltes in Südamerika in den 60er Jahren hatte ich fast nichts von der kleinen Stadt Colonia del Sacramento gehört; die historische Altstadt war noch nicht restauriert und schien nicht so interessant zu sein. Ich war zwar damals öfter in Montevideo, weil ich dort eine Freundin hatte, die ich regelmäßig besuchte. Ich fuhr jedoch immer mit einem “normalen” Schiff von Buenos Aires in drei Stunden nach Colonia del Sacramento und stieg unmittelbar am Hafen in den Überlandbus, der mich in rund zwei Stunden nach Montevideo brachte. Früher war die Fahrt spottbillig, deshalb konnte ich sie so oft machen. Vor 14 Jahren war ich noch einmal mit meiner Tochter in Uruguay, aber wir waren nur in Montevideo und an den Stränden des Ostens bis Punta del Este. Die hübsche Kleinstadt Colonia del Sacramento, genau gegenüber von Buenos Aires auf der anderen Seite des hier unendlich breiten Rio de la…

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