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    Quote Originally Posted by Laly View Post
    Yes, you're right, we don't hear much about the Belgian diaspora.

    I just knew about the epic stories of some rich Belgian families who left everything behind and settled in Patagonia (but in Chile), near the Land of Fire, after WW2. There's a film on them, which is really moving and poetic, Le rêve de Gabriel (The Dream of Gabriel), in French with Spanish subtitles:
    Well you mentioned Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire)

    Polidoro Segers, the first doctor in Tierra del Fuego, was born in Ghent in 1852; He died in Argentina in 1917.

    In "Polidoro Segers, the first doctor of Tierra del Fuego", Raúl Agustín Entraigas writes the biography of the Belgian who arrived in Argentina in the 19th century
    . I transcribe that work:

    "What an extraordinary man Don Polidoro A. Segers was! He was born on May 7, 1852 in Ghent, Belgium. He was from in a Flemish family. His grandfather, Adrián Segers, was one of those who they played for the independence of Belgium. He was about to be burned alive by the enemies, which earned him the medals of the Legion of Honor and the Order of Leopold ".

    "When, after '70s, Buenos Aires breathed peace and lived on the abundance provided by our immense fields (it was our Augustan era ...), Argentines thought of good music . And our grandparents looked towards Paris. They requested a classical quartet. And he came. A twenty-two-year-old young man played the piano, with good looks, blond hair, blue eyes, penetrating gaze, a broad forehead and also cordial: it was Polidoro A Segers. "

    "The director of the conservatory who had been asked for the quartet, set his eyes on him, invited him and Polidoro accepted. In Buenos Aires he was a teacher of music and singing. The most distinguished young women of our society learned from him to interpret Liszt, Beethoven and Chopin. But they did not seduce him. He had given word to a young Parisian woman, Maria Craemers, had her come, and on February 20, 1875 they were married in the church of Saint Ignatius. "

    "And he was happy. He earned money. He was loved by all who treated him. But this was not enough for his restless spirit. He insisted on studying medicine . Together with Dr. Gutiérrez, Ramaugé and Milone studied the science of Hippocrates at night . By day , I work; at night I study until my helmets warm up. "

    "Segers was already thirty-four years old. When it came to taking the exam, he found that he needed a qualifying degree to enter the Faculty ... What will he do? Will he plant everything? What hope! He will wait. Time and ingenuity They would give him the means to get there. Meanwhile he had a magnificent opportunity to get to know Tierra del Fuego. "


    Segers family and two native americans
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    Being a wild animal in Africa would be kinda cool though. They would't bear the burden of overcomplicated lifestyles with expectations left and right. Imagine just sleeping, hunting, eating, and fucking all day.
    No worries about like corrupt governments or having to get a shitty job for the rest of your life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laly View Post
    Nice! Do they form a "Belgian community" in Argentina, or did they totally blend in with the population?

    They were outnumbered by other nationalities in all the places where they were located, so they are totally mixed or assimilated. However you can find Colonies in Corrientes, Entre Ríos and Santa Fe that have significant Belgian ancestry.

    In Villaguay, Entre Ríos, where they formed a Belgian colony, more than a third have Belgian ancestors. Esperanza (Sante Fe) received the arrival of Swiss, Germans, French, Italians, Belgians and Luxembourgers. 200 belgian families arrived between the end of January and the beginning of February in 1856. The city currently has a Belgian community.

    Many settled in the provinces: Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Tucumán, Córdoba... and the Buenos Aires City.
    The profiles of immigrants(not just farmers):hundreds of Belgian engineers, trained at the most important universities in Belgium such as Ghent, Liege, Brussels and Leuven also came to our country. Technicians, mechanics, specialized workers and agronomists also arrived. Many Belgian architects were summoned to apply their new construction methods and styles, as well as many sculptors participated in the monuments that embellish our City.



    Villaguay (Entre Ríos), Argentines of Belgian descent and tourists.







    Esperanza (Santa Fe), Town Hall showing the flags of the settlers, including the Belgian.





    Institutional life

    • Belgian Association of Buenos Aires (ABBA) (founded in 1992. It is part of the European Club of Buenos Aires http://www.clubeuropeo.com/subcomisi...fundadores.php).
    • Belgian Association of Rosario and Belgian Collectivity of Rosario.
    • Belgian Association of Tucumán (founded in March 2006) and Belgian Collectivity of Tucumán.
    • Belgian Collectivity of Esperanza, Santa Fe.
    • Belgian Collectivity of Villaguay.
    • Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce.

    Old associations (currently nonexistent):

    • In 1876 the Société Belge de Secours Mutuels was founded in Buenos Aires , which in 1885 was renamed the Société Philantropique Belge .
    • In 1889 the Society for the Protection of Belgian Emigrants was opened at his side .
    • Belgian Chamber of Commerce of the Río de la Plata.
    • Cercle belge
    Last edited by Tannhauser; 01-20-2021 at 03:20 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by sean View Post
    No human flourishes under slavery, though on the other hand many negroes are not fully human/capable of freedom/rational thought.
    Being a wild animal in Africa would be kinda cool though. They would't bear the burden of overcomplicated lifestyles with expectations left and right. Imagine just sleeping, hunting, eating, and fucking all day.
    No worries about like corrupt governments or having to get a shitty job for the rest of your life.
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    How is it white? They're latinas.

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    Julio Steverlynck - Villa Flandria



    Julio Steverlynck wearing a beret.

    Jules Steverlynck (Kortrijk , Belgium , 4 of October of 1895 - Villa Flandria , Lujan , Argentina , 28 of November of 1975), better known as Julio Steverlynck, was a businessman Argentine origin Belgian who in 1926 founded the textile company Algodonera Flandria and who stood out for being the first businessman in Argentina to introduce the advances that were taking place in Europein the area of ​​social security, granting its employees paid vacations, Christmas bonus and production prizes, in addition to developing the area where the company was located, building neighborhoods, a health center and clubs, among which the Social Club and Deportivo Flandria , who plays in the First Metropolitan B of Argentine Soccer.


    Julio Steverlynck , founder of the Algodonera Flandria, was Belgian; He emigrated to our country, where he carried out important business work.
    In "Flandria, the city-factory whose spirit lives in a band", Jorge Iglesias refers to Steverlynck; It also presents the testimony of people who were linked to the Algodonera Flandria. I partially transcribe that work:



    "At the beginning of the 1920s, the Stablissements Steverlynck firm exported fabrics to Argentina from its factories in Belgium. When in 1923 the Argentine government, giving the first impulse of what today we know as substitute industrialization, tariffs the imported fabrics and favors the introduction of machinery, the Belgian company opens a subsidiary in the country ".
    "As was common in those days, the Steverlyncks chose one of their sons, Julio, to take over the new company: Algodonera Flandria."

    "Molded in Belgian capitalism , which in those days was closer to a peasant feudalism than to the smoky industrialism of the chimneys of Manchester, Don Julio more than a factory wanted to build 'a community relatively isolated from urban areas where relations prevailed. of cooperation between employers and workers and where the negative consequences that had accompanied the development of industry in the countries with more advanced capitalism were avoided , ' Mariela Ceva, a professor and historian at the University of Luján , told La Nación."


    Entrance to the Villa Flandria Industrial Park
    http://www.parqueflandria.com.ar/inicio/

    "He wanted to develop a paternalistic company inspired by the principles of social Catholicism, seeking to put into practice the bases that Pope Leo XIII set out in the encyclical Rerum Novarum.


    "But identity is not only born of paternalism, work and social improvements. Symbols, institutions were needed. Between 1930 and 1945, Steverlynck founded two parishes, a workers' cooperative , a school, a library , a theater, a cycling club and a yacht club. In 1941, the workers created the Villa Flandria soccer club. "



    Along with the expansion of industrial activity, Steverlynck founded two towns in the vicinity of the factories: Villa Flandria Sur (1931), (at the height of the Algodonera Flandria, the name of Jáuregui was changed to Villa Flandria) and Villa Flandria Norte (1934), better known as Pueblo Nuevo.

    With workers from the Algodonera the musical band “Rerum Novarum” was born, which also exists to this day. Don Julio bought all the instruments and provided the facilities for the workers' tests, after completing their tasks in the factory.

    Rerum Novarum - Villa Flandria, Jauregui

    Don Julio was married to María Alicia Gonnet with whom he had 16 children. María Alicia died in 1966 when she suffered a train accident on board her car, and this fact caused a great impact on the town.

    Don Julio promoted the creation of the Círculo Criollo Martín Fierro, a place that had been requested by several gaucho workers, who had come to work in their factories. This initiative was born in 1944 as a result of a pre-election of gauchos from El Rodeo de Palomar (San Martín) led by the gaucho Fito. The Círculo organizes the annual pilgrimage of the gauchos to Luján, and on November 5, 1965, Julio Steverlynck was the host of King Baudouin of Belgium and his wife Queen Fabiola Mora y Aragón as well as Argentine President Arturo Umberto Illia and the Governor Anselmo Marini, whom he received in the town of Jáuregui.

    Death

    Julio Steverlynck died in 1975. His mortal rests remains in Villa Flandria, in the local cemetery, one of his many works and donations. According to his wishes, his body was covered with the tunic of the Knights of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher, the War Cross pinned to his chest, and his coffin with Argentine and Flemish soil, which he had brought especially on the last trip he made to his native country.

    14 years after his death, in 1989 the Algodonera Flandria entered a call for creditors to close permanently in 1995.

    In 2001, the abandoned facilities were bought by the Algoselan company and were converted into the Villa Flandria Industrial Park where eight new factories operate. http://www.parqueflandria.com.ar/inicio/
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    Being a wild animal in Africa would be kinda cool though. They would't bear the burden of overcomplicated lifestyles with expectations left and right. Imagine just sleeping, hunting, eating, and fucking all day.
    No worries about like corrupt governments or having to get a shitty job for the rest of your life.
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    Club Social y Deportivo Flandria


    Club Social y Deportivo Flandria is an Argentine Football Club based in the city of Jáuregui, Buenos Aires Province which was founded by Julio Steverlynck. Although many sports are practised at the club, The Canary is best known for its professional football team. The squad currently plays in Primera B Metropolitana, the regionalised third division of the Argentine football league system.

    The club originated at the factory Algodonera Flandria (Cotton Flanders), located in Jauregui. In his factory, Don Julio Steverlynck created a lot of job opportunities for the European immigrants in the area. Those immigrants were the people that started to play football to spend their free time. They formed a team and played their first match against Jauregui Juniors.




    In 1940, a sports camp was opened and this place was used as a ground field to practice. Months later, they founded a team called Flandria, and started to participate at the Lujanense Soccer League. In 1941, the club designed their first managing board, with Jose Delesie as President.

    In 1947 Flandria was affiliated to AFA and started to play on "Tercera de Ascenso". Their first match ended with a comfortable victory 5–3 against Alumni de Villa Urquiza, and Titin Caricato became the first player that scored a goal for Flandria.

    In 1952 the Canary became champion and obtains promotion to Primera C, where the team did excellent performances in 1953 y 1957, reaching the second place.

    In 1960 Flandria inaugurated their own ground field, called Carlos V, which has a capacity of 5,000 spectators.

    In 1970 Flandria became champion of the Primera C, by winning in a breakthrough against Sarmiento de Junín with 3–1. Two goals were scored by Nocella and one by Apariente.

    In 1979 Flandria lost their place in Primera C, closing the most important chapter in their history.

    In 1998, with Omar Santorelli as manager, Flandria returns to Primera B.

    In 2014 Flandria, after a bad campaign, lost their place in Primera B.

    They win the promotion to the second category of the Argentine football for the first time in history on 12 June 2016, after clinching the Primera B Metropolitana championship.

    However for the 2017-18 season the team is relegated again to Primera B.


    Charles V Stadium




    The first court that Flandria had was made by the factory employees within it, where they played their first matches in an amateur way. In 1940 the sports field "El Chano" was created in the estancia la pebeta where he played the games of the first years as a member of AFA; and in 1960 the Carlos V Stadium was created, which was inaugurated on July 9, 1960, with a match played against Deportivo Español, which ended with an adverse score for the locals of 3 to 1, with the presence of Toti Veglio and Carlos Bilardo. The stadium bears the name of "Carlos V" in honor of the Holy Roman Emperor (1500-1558), the place where Don Julio Steverlynck (Belgium) was born.




    Official visit of a Belgian minister to Jáuregui


    The Minister of Labor, Economy, Innovation and Sports of the Belgian Government, Phillippe Muyters, was at the stadium and at the headquarters of the Flandria Club, and toured the Textile Museum of the Industrial Park. He delivered a sculpture of Charles V donated by the Belgian Embassy.



    Taking advantage of the official visit that Princess Astrid, sister of King Felipe of Belgium, makes to Argentina and Uruguay, the Minister of Labor, Economy, Innovation and Sports of the Belgian Government, Phillippe Muyters, along with an important delegation arrived this Tuesday morning to the town of Jáuregui. There they delivered a bust of Carlos V at the Flandria stadium and, after witnessing the match between Argentina and Nigeria at the headquarters, they toured the Textile Museum located in the Industrial Park.

    Of Flemish origin, like Julio Stervelynck, Muyters was until 2009 General Director of the Flanders Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He then joined the Government of the Flanders region, where he is the Minister of Finance, Budget, Labor, Urban Planning and Sports. After the 2010 general elections, he was elected senator. However, he resigned as Flemish minister for a day, to take the oath as senator and immediately assume once more as minister.

    At the Carlos V stadium he was received by the president of the Flandria Club, Fabián Poli, who told the Belgian delegation that the club "is part of the work that Mr. Julio Stervelynck did in this town."

    "Although we are not descendants of Belgians, we adopt and feel your symbols as our own, proudly seeking to keep the work of Don Julio Steverlynck alive", he added, and thanked the visit and the bust of Carlos V. "We will continue to defend and honoring the colors of Flanders and Flandria in our football because they are our colors as they are yours ”, he concluded.

    For his part, Minister Muyters said a few words in English in front of a handful of leaders, representatives of local entities and youth from the sports institution. He recalled the visit that Kings Balduino and Fabiola made to Jáuregui a little more than half a century ago and considered it a privilege to visit the town and see the testimony left by his compatriot since he settled in the area in 1927.

    "Not only did Julio set up a factory, but he also helped the development of various clubs and organizations for his workers, so that they could enjoy life more and bring happiness to their families," said the Belgian minister.

    "Seeing the colors that surround us, I feel welcomed and comforted even on this cold day by the affection that the people of Luján feel for the region that I call my home: Flanders," he added.

    The bust is the work of the artist Margarita Jourdain, a Belgian sculptor who lived in this country and was delivered to the sports institution by the embassy as "a token of our friendship."

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    Being a wild animal in Africa would be kinda cool though. They would't bear the burden of overcomplicated lifestyles with expectations left and right. Imagine just sleeping, hunting, eating, and fucking all day.
    No worries about like corrupt governments or having to get a shitty job for the rest of your life.
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    How is it white? They're latinas.

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    Being a wild animal in Africa would be kinda cool though. They would't bear the burden of overcomplicated lifestyles with expectations left and right. Imagine just sleeping, hunting, eating, and fucking all day.
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    Axel Witteveen



    Axel Fernando Witteveen (born 1 January 1977), commonly known as Axel, is an Argentine singer and songwriter. He has been awarded five Carlos Gardel Awards , one MTV Europe Music Awards , one MTV Latin America , two top 40 , one MTV Millennial Awards , one Kids Choice Awards Argentina , one TVyNovelas , one Heat Latin Music Awards , among others.

    Axel was born on 1 January 1977 in Rafael Calzada, Buenos Aires province. He began piano lessons with his two brothers, encouraged by his parents, both of whom were great lovers of music. At the age of 8, Axel entered the Conservatory Julian Aguirre of Argentina and remained there until high school when he decided to focus on his studies and temporarily left musical. Once he finished secondary school, at age 17, he resumed his piano studies, determined to make music his livelihood.



    Quote Originally Posted by sean View Post
    No human flourishes under slavery, though on the other hand many negroes are not fully human/capable of freedom/rational thought.
    Being a wild animal in Africa would be kinda cool though. They would't bear the burden of overcomplicated lifestyles with expectations left and right. Imagine just sleeping, hunting, eating, and fucking all day.
    No worries about like corrupt governments or having to get a shitty job for the rest of your life.
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    How is it white? They're latinas.

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