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Barcelonnette Mexican Villas


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Barcelonnette and nearby Jausiers have many amazing and beautiful Mexican Villas, resulting from the 19th-century emigration from the Ubaye Valley to Mexico. This ProvenceBeyond page tells a bit about the history around the Barcelonnette Mexican Villas and presents a photo gallery of how many of them look today.

This classy red and yellow 'Mexican Barcelonnette has a special historical relationship with Mexico. From 1814 to 1955, habitants of Barcelonnette and the surrounding Ubaye valley emigrated to Mexico and established mainly textile businesses between Mexico and Barcelonnette. Since then, they, and others like them from this region of France are called the Barcelonnettes.

Villa Anita at the Place Aimé In 1814, the 18-year-old Joseph-Antoine Couttolenc made a trip from the Ubaye valley to Mexico. He must have made a success of it, because in 1821 the Frères Arnaud followed him. The Arnaud brothers' business did well in the new Mexican Republic, and in 1830 they brought over three old employees from Jausiers: Caire, Jauffred and Teisser. In 1845, Caire and Jaffred returned home -- each with about 250,000 Frs/gold.

Villa de la Fontaine, #6 on The sight of this "fortune" started the rush of Barcelonnettes. At the turn of the century, there were 5000 French families from the Barcelonnette region registered with the French Consulate in Mexico.

About 90% of the Barcelonnettes remained in Mexico and became citizens. Enough returned, however, to make a permanent mark on the region. About 50 luxuriousVillas de Barcelonnette et Jausiers were built. Many of these fine old villas are still there, in good repair on their large shady grounds.

The 19th-c Villa La Sapinière About 90% of the Barcelonnettes remained in Mexico and became citizens. Enough returned, however, to make a permanent mark on the region. About 50 luxuriousVillas de Barcelonnette et Jausiers were built. Many of these fine old villas are still there, in good repair on their large shady grounds.

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