the argentine city of BLUMENAU was well known in germany (and canada) for producing fine textiles - and i believe they are still are .
since i grew up in hamburg , i knew of the EMIGRANT STATION that had been set up close to the port about 1900 .
as a counterpart to ELLIS ISLAND , it was set up to house and feed emigrants from europe waiting for the ships to take them overseas .
while the station was no longer used after about 1935 , the streetcar stop was still called EMIGRANT STATION - and the station has now been turned into a museum keeping many of the lists of the emigrants transferring through hamburg .
an old picture - ROLL CALL - with the emigration officer standing in the centre
btw our guide in brazil had a german background . while he was a practicing lawyer , he told me that he preferred to guide german tourists to hone his german language skills . apparently he did very well being the intermediary between brazilian and german businesses .
of course , i took advantage of him and we engaged in some german talk - evn though it was an "english" tour .
when i compare the conditions on those old emigrant ships (they called them "coffins" ) , with our style of crossing the ocean - 12 passengers , dinner with the captain and officers every night - i am not surprised that we took up cruising for the enjoyment of it .
most of the other immigrants (even those that came by ship in the late 40's and 50's) never wanted to set foot on a ship again !