Here I am.

topic posted Tue, September 13, 2005 - 1:10 PM by  juanita
Like the idea. Not to many sheep on the east coast. Basque history here is different rich and dates back to 1700's, and hay a get together with others sounds great.I have yet to find two or more Basques at the same event unless related.I'm on board!
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    Tue, September 13, 2005 - 1:22 PM
    Good to hear, Glad we have another one on board. Dont know to much about the East coast history of the Basques (I was raised in California)so any thing you have to tell Im all ears :).
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      Fri, September 16, 2005 - 7:19 AM
      Lately, I have been reading about 2 very important Basque figures.

      Jose Francisco Navarro Arzak (turn of the Century figure)
      Started the Atlas Portland Cement Company and provided the Cement for the Panama Canal, Erie Canal, Empire State Bldg. First elevated Train in NY (6th ave El.) - Founder of the Equitable Life Assurance Co.
      Book: (which I cannot seem to get) Author:Burman, Conchita.
      Un vasco en América : José Francisco Navarro Arzac, 1823-1909.
      The Basques Of New York: A Cosmopolitan Experience (Basque Diaspora and Migration Studies) (Paperback)
      Paperback: 367 pages
      Publisher: Center for Basque Studies (December, 2004)
      Language: English
      ISBN: 1877802387

      Don Diego Maria de Gardoqui (Gardoki) Arrikibar
      born in Bilbao (1745-1798) First Spanish Ambassador to the US (Gave George Washington "Don Quixote"), laid the cornerstone to the first Catholic Church in NY. (St. Peters)
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        Fri, September 16, 2005 - 7:37 AM
        Thats pretty cool, So many things in this country that the Basques have contributed to and still people look at you funny when you tell them your heritage :P

        I looked up some of the things you mentioned and I came across this brief websit, you probably already know everything that it says but I apprechiate you bringing it to our attention. I now have more things to learn *s*
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          Fri, September 16, 2005 - 8:14 PM

          I had seen that link, yes, but it took me a while to find it... Nice job! In looking into his involvement as a Freemason, I came up with this;

          If you look at the 3rd photo down (btw. George Washington and Benjamin Franklin) you will see Jose Navarro (aka Jose Francisco Navarro) not to be confused with Jose Antonio Navarro (the famous Texan statesman). Given the familiar faces in the photo, you get an idea of the magnitude... There is a lot of mystery & controversy surrounding the freemasons, (especially if you have read any Dan Brown books like the DaVinci Code, etc) but no one can deny or refute that many very famous people throughout history were freemasons. Again, what surprises me is why no one, not even those of us with Basque heritage know of this prominent figure. What happened? Why is that?
          Btw. Nice photos of the Basque country.
          Agur, Frank
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            Fri, September 16, 2005 - 8:30 PM
            Wow that is pretty amazing, and Id like to know the awnser to that question as well...maybe if we both take a look around maybe we can come up with something, worth a try. and thankyou about the photos..took them on my honeymoon in May.
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              Sat, September 17, 2005 - 8:09 AM
              Sounds good. I was able to locate that book about him that I mentioned earlier. I have a 2 page bio about him in another book that I currently have (where I heard about him in the first place) I will keep you posted.

              Maybe put some captions on those nice photos. I think I recognize 2 of them, but they may have been shot from a different perspective. My wife and I were in Spain on our honeymoon, but on the coast of Valencia (Cullera).

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                Sat, September 17, 2005 - 11:59 AM
                Yes please do let me know. I also put the names on the Pictures for ya *l*
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                  Thu, September 22, 2005 - 8:29 AM

                  Got the book yesterday... Still deciphering - it is in Spanish.
                  Excellent book though, and some nice vintage photos of NY turn of the century.

                  Thank's for the photo descriptions... I think I would have been trying to compare Bermeo to Donostia had you not.


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