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1 March 2001

The summaries in English were extracted from complete articles published on Il Centro - Quotidiano d'Abruzzo and Il Messaggero - Abruzzo edition.

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1 March 2001 - Il Messaggero

An Abruzzese heart under the red jacket / Un cuore abruzzese sotto la Giubba rossa, by Lilli Mandara
An interview to Giuliano Zaccardelli, Commander of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who left Prezza as a child in 1954, on the early poor years in Montreal, the memories of his family and their experiencei. Then his fight against crime, his Canadian identity and Abruzzese heritage of hard work and stubborness.

1 March 2001 - Il Centro

Ortona - Expansion in the centuries / Dagli scambi con l'Oriente all'espansione verso sud-ovest, by Giovanni D'Alessandro
Great article on the history and importance of Ortona. Through the century from the original settlement of the Frentani, it grew to the south and east, leaving the coast and moving towards the countryside. A strategic center in the Middle Ages, then a slow decadence. A strong Eastern influence in the culture, lanuage and architecture as in many Adriatic centres. In a key position between the Northern Adriatic and the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire throughout the Middle Ages, until in 1447, the harbor was destroyed by the people of Venice. Alfonso d'Aragona ordered in 1448 a massive castle to be built, while the population had moved to the newer district of Terranuova, surrounded by walls.