Today, San Telmo is known for its cobbled thoroughfares and street-side tango performances. Of course, this present-day charm is the result of centuries of history. A history that has shaped this great city, and is reflective of its great population.
San Telmo was the original home of the porteño elite, who constructed their grand homes and businesses at the heart of Buenos Aires’s early commercial and shipping center. With the onset of yellow fever at the end of the 19th century, however, San Telmo’s affluent population fled their mosquito-ridden quarters near the river port and moved to higher ground in Recoleta and Barrio Norte. Soon thereafter throngs of European immigrants, who had arrived in Buenos Aires in search of better wages and a better life for their families, settled in San Telmo. In this barrio, and its neighbor La Boca, these working-class men and women labored and celebrated, and helped the famous tango to evolve into the dance we all know and love.
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