Argentine town created by Aveyron adventurers

Some original settlers from Aveyron pictured in Argentina in 1905

Did you know? Pigüé is a town in Argentina,  south-west of Buenos Aires which would never have existed had it not been for a group of 180 people from the Aveyron who decided to set up home there in 1884.

Back then, it was open countryside with a very low population, now it is a thriving urban area with more than 13,000 people. Echoes of its French origins can be found if you listen carefully, as there are still a few elderly people who speak Occitan – the regional language in the Aveyron – and many people speak French as it is taught in primary schools.

In the 1880’ ...

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