A. Azkarate, S. Escribano, I. Sánchez, V. Benedet; 2012, Recovery and enhancement of the first Spanish settlement in the Rio de la Plata Basin (Puerto Gaboto, Santa Fe, Argentina). Informes y trabajos 7, Excavaciones en el exterior 2010; pp. 8-21, Madrid

A. Azkarate, S. Escribano, I. Sánchez, V. Benedet 2012
Título: Recovery and enhancement of the first Spanish settlement in the Rio de la Plata Basin (Puerto Gaboto, Santa Fe, Argentina)
Referencia: Informes y trabajos 7, Excavaciones en el exterior 2010
Páginas: 8/21
Editorial: Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte

European items found in the excavation. Photographies: Gustavo Frittegotto

Fort Sancti Spiritus was established at the mouth of the Carcañá River by Sebastián Gaboto in 1527. Its general location in Puerto Gaboto and the delimitation of the settlement are owed to the studies undertaken by Argentinean archaeologists in 2006-2009. The incorporation of the University of the Basque Country and funding by Spain’s Ministry of Culture has added a new dimension to the project’s scope. The first campaign (2010-2011) provided a rich historical sequence of the place, with testimonies of pre-colonial constructions, the discovery of the fort and the native’s re-occupation of the place after the fort was destroyed. The site’s historical and symbolic value, its convenient location at the entrance to the Santa Fe Islands Nature Park and the decisive involvement of several different Spanish and foreign agencies has permitted a new project concept that pays attention to the place’s historical dimension as well as the potential now open to the sustainable development of a town and an area that live in a state of profound social and economic disadvantage.

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