In 1920,two sisters called Maria and Isolina migrated from Spain to Argentina, looking for a better life.
The young ladies had to work and send the money to their family still living in spain,who were suffering hunger and poverty. But they never knew what the destiny was waiting for them.
At the turn of the 20th century, Europe was entering into a deep depresion. Jose vazquez Iglesias, who lived in a rural area just outside Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, died, after a prolonged ilness, leaving behind his wife and nine children in extreme poverty.
Mrs Vazquez had heard about the Americas. People referred to the South America as the land of opportunities. Maria and Isolina were now in their late teens and their mother felt she was left with no choice. The girls had to go to Argentina to work and help to sustain the family.
The twins, who were only seventeen years old, were really afraid of this journey, knowing they had to be in an unknown country without their family. But Maria wasn’t alone at all. An atractive and brave boy called Jose, followed her from Spain.
It was not easy for them when they arrived to Argentina. Eventually,they found jobs as asa maids with a wealthy European family in the city of Buenos Aires. The pay was not a pittance, and what they earned, they had to send home. Fortunately, they both lived in and had plenty food available.
Maria always kept in contact with Jose. They used to meet at the markets when the girls did the shopping for the household.
Ten years later, when fortunately Jose found a job in an important factory in the downtown area, he could finally marry his lovely Maria. A year later, they had their first and only child, Robert.
Maria and her child, Robert
Robert at school
Robert with his schoolmate, Albert.
Robert, 3 months
Robert,14 years old with his uncle.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Galicia is an important region which lies in the north of Spain. The Vazquez family live in a small town outside Santiago de Compostela. It was really a rural area with some important churches and public buildings. The houses in the village were mainly flat and made of sotone. There were not tall buildings in this small village. The scenery was beautiful, quite and the land was mainly agricultural.
The city of Bs As stood in stark contrast. Maria and Isolina couldn’t believe their eyes as the old transatlantic carrier approached the Rio de la Plata astuary. There, stood multi-storied buildings all in a row, towering over a buzzling port. Buenos Aires was an emerging new city and they could smell the wealth. Little did they know they had arrived at ‘La Perla del Plata’