Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Chile - Elqui Valley in Vicuña
Vicuña - Valle de Elqui - Chile
The city of Vicuña was founded in 1821 by Don Joaquin Vicuña y Larraín.
Sent by my great friend Hernán from Santiago in Chile. Thanks for the beautiful stamp of Bauer Tower and Gabriela Mistral.
This is from Wikipedia : Vicuña is a Chilean commune and city in Elqui Province, Coquimbo Region, founded during the government of Bernardo O'Higgins, to secure sovereignty over the Elqui Valley. The famous Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral was born there in 1889. It borders to the west with the communes of La Higuera, La Serena and Andacollo, to the east with Argentina and to the south with Paihuano and Rio Hurtado. The commune is the administered by the municipality of Vicuña, which is the principal city of the Valle de Elqui.
Vicuña was founded on February 22, 1821, by Colonel Joaquín Vicuña Larraín, who was the first intendant of Coquimbo's Province, by order of Bernardo O'Higgins, and was given the name of San Isidro's Villa of Vicuña. In 1872, it became a city and was called simply Vicuña, in honor of its founder.