Colonia de Sacramento in Historical Perspective
If you'd like to incorporate a bit more design to your home decor, you can't go wrong with this travel souvenir from Uruguay. Located on the coast of the Rio de la Plata, Colonia de Sacramento is one the region's top tourist destinations. It is no wonder, as the city not only features a beautiful colonial historical center but also great beaches of fine sand. The Portuguese built this town in 1680 to rival with the Spanish settlement of Buenos Aires on the other side of the river. To the Portuguese architectural influence, the Spanish style was added when the Spanish ruled over this region of the Rio de la Plata. The Portuguese gained control of the territory in 1817 from the Uruguayans who had obtained their independence from Spain in 1811. Uruguay was a free country in 1825 and became a republic three years later.
Colonia de Sacramento in the Twentieth Century
The historical center was greatly transformed by the European immigrants who arrived in the country in the late Nineteenth century, when Uruguay was already an independent country. Think cobbled streets, long alleys, stone walled one-story houses and pastel-colored adornments in the houses. Nowadays, Argentineans visit this resort for the weekend or for long-term vacations, and they generally prefer the beaches in Real de San Carlos for their fine and white sand. All in all, this is a great travel souvenir to take back home and share your experiences in Uruguay.