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About La Baskonia

La Baskonia or La Vasconia, published from 1893 until 1943, represents the vitality and creativity of the Basque community in Argentina during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Available are issues published from 1893 - 1932, under the editorship of José Uriarte.  After Uriarte's death in 1932, editorial responsibility passed to Pedro Echeverría, who unfortunately stored the journal's archives — correspondence and photos — in a trunk that was destroyed by flood waters in Tigre. Such a loss makes the journal and its digitized version all the more valuable, for its insights into the lives and aspirations of Argentina's Basque Community.

From two continents, writers with the stature of Francisco Grandmontagne and Arturo Campion filled the pages of the review.  Grandmontagne, a novelist and journalist who emigrated from Spain and later in life returned to build a reputation as novelist (novels: Teodoro Foronda, La Maldonada) and journalist for publications like La Nacíon, Caras y Caretas and El Tiempo.  Basques native to Argentina published here as well, such as  Fernando de Basaldua, architect and amateur linguist.  (A web exhibit of Basaldua's correspondence and personal papers is forthcoming).

Sources

Auza, Gonzalo. "Archivos vascos en Argentina." EuskoNews & Media 199, 14 Feb 2003.

Aguirresorondo, J. "Grandmontagne Otaegui, el gaucho vasco." Diario Vasco 15 Nov 2004: Cultura.

"Campion Jaime-Bon, Arturo." Biblioteca virtual. Eusko Ikaskuntza. 16 Mar. 2005.