The largest city in the Argentinean province of Santa Fe, Rosario, and its 1.2 million citizens, has settled on the banks of the Parana River. It is estimated that there are around 30,000 Croatians and their descendants living in the area.
Here, again, we can find Ivan Vučetić coming up; a criminology course in Rosario was founded under the name Instituto de Capacitacion en Criminalistica Juan Vucetich, and its first generation of students graduated in 2009.
Announcement for the Ivan Vučetić criminology course
In a prominent spot in Rosario lies the monument known as Zvonimir’s Ship or La Nave de Zvonimir, specifically, in the park in front of the grand Flag Memorial. The Ship is a small tugboat from 1902, whose Italian owners donated it in order to have a monument for the Croatian society erected, partially to Argentina as well, as the country that accepted so many Croatians. The monument was built according to the plans of architect Dražen Juraga, honorary consul of the Republic of Croatian in Rosario. Thanks to him, and Alfred and Domingo Kovačević, those plans were realized. The official unveiling took place on May 3rd, 1997. On a plate next to the ship, below the lyrics of Vladimir Nazor, are the signatures of the Croatian ambassador to Argentina at the time, Neda Rosandić Šarić, and prefect Hermes Binner.
IT IS STILL HERE, ON THE HARD ROCK
STILL LYING ON THE ROCKS
THE EIGHTHUNDREDTH SUMMER PASSES
AS SHE’S WHIPPED FROM ALL SIDES
HARSHLY THEY STRIKE HER
THE WIND, WAKE AND STORMS
SHE BREAKS, DOUBLES OVER
SHE IS ON THE SANDS, BUT IS STILL HERE.
VLADIMIR NAZOR, 1912
Goran Borčić, from the Split City Museum, during a visit to Rosario