This article was translated by John R. Bopp
We have noticed sometimes that there’s a tendency for the stories that reach the blog to group together such that interconnected matters kind of take over the blog for a bit.
On this occasion, the common thread to a decent-sized group of stories we’ve been collecting recently is Our Lady of Arantzazu, and especially the fraternities and guilds that have been dedicated to her by the members of the vascongada nation setting them up in the colonies of the King of Spain in the New World.
Mexico City was one of those places where the Basques from Araba, Biscay, Gipuzkoa, and Navarre got together in a guild whose goal and commitment (in no way exceptional) was to set up an educational institution that would become a role model, located in a monumental building, that would tend to young girls in need.. This institution, which just celebrated its 250th anniversary, has been able to adapt and maintain its social and transformational role.
Bertha Hernández is the author of the article that appears in the Mexican daily La Crónica, and that article is why we’re blogging today.
As is explained in the article, the School of St. Ignatius of Loyola – Vizcaínas today is “completely Mexican”, but it maintains the strong link with the land of its founders. This dual belonging is reflected on their shield, which contains the images of the four Basque territories south of the Pyrenees and the Mexican eagle.
We’ll leave you with the La Crónica aritcle, and a thorough and interesting article Amaya Garritz published in Euskonews (a key tool for those who want to get to know more about the Basques in the world).
La Crónica – 21/4/2018 – México
An educational tradition with a Basque heritage: Las Vizcaínas
In the hustle and bustle of the Historic Center of the Mexican capital, thousands of people come and go around an architectural giant; a building from the 18th century, home to an educational institution that has been a part of life of the city for over 250 years. It’s the School of St. Ignatius of Loyola – Vizcaínas, founded by Basque merchants, which, for generations, has been simply called “Las Vizcaínas”.
En el trajín del Centro Histórico de la capital mexicana, miles de personas van y vienen en torno a un gigante arquitectónico; una construcción del siglo XVIII, hogar de una institución educativa que forma parte de la vida del rumbo desde hace 250 años. Se trata del Colegio de San Ignacio de Loyola Vizcaínas, fundado por comerciantes vascos, y que por generaciones ha sido conocido, sencillamente, como “Las Vizcaínas”.
EuskoNews – – Euskadi
“Biscayne school” in Mexico City
In the middle of the 18th century, there was still the widely-held opinion in New Spain that it was not necessary to give a good education to women, and even while nuns’ convents admitted girls and taught them to read and write, completing their education with domestic chores and the manufacture of curiosities, there was still no school for the female sex.
Todavía a mediados de siglo XVIII prevalecía en la Nueva España la opinión de que no era necesario impartir una amplia instrucción a la mujer, y aun cuando en los conventos de monjas, se admitían niñas y se les enseñaba a leer y escribir, completando su formación con las labores domésticas y la fabricación de curiosidades, no existía ningún colegio para el sexo femenino.