We had a nice visit from an official delegation from the city of Alhaurin de la Torre, the town where Teresa Gomes and her family, including her son Antonio Villatoro, and others left in 1778 to come to Spanish Louisiana. The local citizens and descendants of the Spanish founders of New Iberia were wonderful hosts to the visitors. The purpose of the visit was to establish a "twinning" agreement, a sister city agreement, between New Iberia and Alhaurin de la Torre. The ceremony, on Tuesday, 21 April 2009, was well attended. The Honorable Mayor of New Iberia, Mrs. Hilda Daigre Curry, officiated, together with the Consul General of Spain, Mr. Daniel Chamorro, and members of the city councils of New Iberia and of Alhaurin de la Torre. The establishment of this accord between the two cities is intended to foster ongoing exchanges relating to history, commerce, culture, education and tourism.
I wish to give my special thanks to Mayor Curry, and to all of the members of the local hosting committee, for opening their homes and hearts to these visitors from the land of our ancestors. I also wish to give special thanks to the members of the Spanish delegation, Sra Marina Bravo, Sra. Remedio Cueto, Sr. Manuel Lopez, and Sr. Jose Manuel de Molina, who are the first to visit New Iberia from the region where our ancestors lived, since the original founders arrived in the Teche country, in 1779. It was an historic and enjoyable event.