© Cornish Mexican Cultural Society

Building on Cornwall's International Heritage

The Cornish Mexican Cultural Society

Sociedad Cultural Cornish Mexicana

Rotarians in Rotary District 1290 (Cornwall & West Devon)

Rotary Friendship Exchange

to Rotary District 4170, 4180 and 4190 Mexico

6th Oct to 20th Oct 2013

(For more information contact Rotarian Stephen Lay )

In the 1800’s miners and their families emigrated from across our District to mines across the world where they influenced the development of countries and communities.

Mexico’s “Little Cornwall” of Pachuca and Real del Monte, just 60 miles NE of Mexico City, retain and celebrate the influence of the “English” immigrants.

Many family names are English / Cornish

Football, Cricket, tennis and golf were introduced.

o Pachuca hosts the Mexican Football Museum, FIFA’s Hall of Fame. These recognise the introduction of their nation’s national sport by the immigrant miners.

o Pachuca has one of the world’s best football universities

The architecture of down town Pachuca is typical of England: Rules Clock Tower; Grenfell Hotel; Methodist church; Casa Rule and Rule’s Bank. The architecture at Real del Monte is atypical of Mexico with sloped roofs, a result of the English influence.

The “English Cemetery” at Real del Monte with over 600 graves with English names, the majority from Cornwall.

Mexico’s “Little Cornwall” makes more pasties than Cornwall. They hold an International Paste Festival (their spelling) and have recently opened a magnificent Paste Museum

“Cornish” Mine Engine Houses

Three Rotary Clubs with many descendants from Cornwall.

Eleven Rotarians from Cornwall and West Devon were met in Mexico City on Monday 7th October 2013 and taken to Vera Cruz to follow the route of the 1825 “Great Trek”. 1,500t of mining equipment that was shipped from Cornwall was taken from sea level to Real del Monte at 9,000’ and 250 miles away. There were no roads and few tracks.

On Friday 11th Oct the party arrived in Pachuca in time for the opening ceremony of the International Paste Festival. They were then introduced to all aspects of the list above and far more going back to the Spanish colonial times and to superb scenery.

They returned to Mexico City on Tuesday 15th via the Teotihuacan city of pyramids dating back to 100BC.

Some then visited the Rotary Institute for Zone from Thursday 17th Oct to Saturday the 19th held at Mérida on the Yucatán peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico, a very popular tourism area.

In May 2014 fourteen Rotarians from Mexico paid a reciprocal visit to District 1290.

John James (RFE Chair from 1st July) john@jamesgulval.plus.com

Stephen Lay Lay@mineit.co.uk

Geoff Wolstencroft geoff@wolstencroft.org.uk