The founder of Odessa and first governor of Novorossia, a “Catalan” tried to overthrow the Czar. He was a sort of Puigdemont I guess 😀 ///// Today (25/11/2017) our collective Centro Cervantes de Donetsk gathered and we organized a dinner. Our collective is pretty diverse. There are people from different countries. We hosted a student from Naples who came to Donetsk to write his master thesis on the ordinary life of people living in Donetsk (he is an anthropologist). He is studying at Bologna University. I was studying there for 2 semesters thanks to an Erasmus grant. We had a very interesting talk while eating pasta and drinking Moldovan and Italian wine. We analyzed the so-called Italian “unification” that in fact was the occupation by the aggressive Piemont (backed by France) of several kingdoms and political entities that had, some of them, more than 800 years. Italy never had existed as a country till the so-called “unification” (in the second half of XIX century). We analyzed the figure of Garibaldi (a sort of disgusting mercenary, a mass killer) and the looting of Naples that was in that time one of the richest and most populated capitals in Europe. In Italy many languages still are spoken and the so-called “Italian” is actually an artificial language (based on the language spoken in the region of Tuscany) that has been enforced as a “national” language. But people use their own languages when they meet their fellows countrymen. In the south of the Italian peninsula there are languages like the Graco or the Arbereshe that are connected to old Greek or the Albanese language. The founder of Odessa and first governor of Novorossia was a general born in Naples called Josep de Ribas. His father was called Miquel de Ribas and was born in Barcelona. Both cities in those times belonged to the old Crown of Aragon. The main street in Odessa is called Vulytsia Deribasivska (De Ribas street). Josep de Ribas was one of the favorites of Catherine the Great and very close friend of Princip Potemkin. And he was one of the best generals in the Russian Empire in those times. When Catherine the Great died, he participated in a plot to overthrow the new Czar Paul I and it looks that he was poisoned by one of the individuals that participated in the plot.
Pictures: Our “pasta primavera” (very delicious I have to say), the linguistic map of the Italian peninsula and the flag of the kingdom of the Two Sicilies that for centuries belonged to the Crown of Aragon like Catalonia, Valencia , Mallorca and Sardiny. I also include a picture of Josep de Ribas, founder of Odessa and first governor of Novorossiya. #gonzoblogger