Colombians in Illinois

Colombians began migrating to Illinois decades before many of the other Latino groups. Colombia was embroiled in a civil war from 1948 to 1957. Therefore, the 1950s saw a large growth in their numbers in Illinois.74 Since 1974 Colombianos Unidos Por Una Labor Activa (CUPULA) has been celebrating Colombian Independence Day (July 20th). A group of medical students from

Colombia started the tradition, and it is the largest annual Colombian celebration in the Midwest.

Colombians in Illinois Photo Gallery



Joachim Zelck GmbH, Rostock, Germany, purchased and renamed her Joachim Zelck in 1912 and O. Zelck was the manager. The Belgian Government – Regie de la Marine, Antwerp, Belgium – owned her in 1919. From 1922, La Maritime Belge, Antwerp, was the registered owner and she was renamed Jan Van Ryswyck; the Belgian company of F. Alexander fils et Cie became the manager. The cargo of ingots lie all over the top of the In Bus reef and fill many of the deep V-shaped gullies from top to bottom, along with the remains of the bow section that is now shattered into a thousand pieces, although larger lumps of big hollow masts, steel plates, ribs and framework can be found at the base of a gully on the western side. The main stern section of the wreck lies in 28-30 metres and about 25 metres away from the base of the cliff face on the south side of high reef wall. The profusion of marine life, combined with the marvellous underwater scenery, makes Whirl Rocks without doubt a stupendous dive site. This dive is on the inside and western edge of the Whirls, where the bottom half of the largest of the two main canyons is full of wreckage from some of the many ships which have met their doom over the last century or so. The wreckage includes broken hollow mast sections, anchors, steel plate and framework, with much of it concreted into surrounding rocks.

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