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The Croatian immigrant Santiago Peso arrived in Argentina at the beginning of the 20th century. He settled in an area located on the southern arm of the Argentino Lake, nowadays within Los Glaciares National Park. He settled in approximately 20,000 hectares of land and, in a partnership with a group of fellow countrymen, founded the estancia “La Jerónima”. The main activity of the estancia was sheep breeding, though they also included bovine breeding.

In 1924 Santiago travelled to Rio Gallegos, where he met Maria Martinic, also Croatian. They got married in 1925 and had 4 children: Adolfo (who died at the age of one year and a half), Radoslaba (nicknamed Niní), Ángela (nicknamed Bebe) and María (nicknamed Porota.)

In 1936, Santiago Peso fell ill with tuberculosis and was prescribed to recover in the city of Córdoba, where he died in 1938. Notwithstanding the situation, his wife María was not defeated and took over the administration of the estancia, with the collaboration of her daughters. For example, Niní supplied her mother’s poor Spanish and helped as an interpreter and a translator.

In 1947, as a tribute to her daughters, María decided to change the name of the estancia to Nibepo Aike. Aike means place in Tehuelche language, while Nibepo is formed with the first two letters of her daughters’ nicknames.
In the 50’s, Niní married Juan Enrique Jansma, born in the province of Mendoza, and they settled in the estancia. They also had 4 children: Carlos, Sylvia, Adolfo and Gladis. In 1976 María passed away and Niní decided to buy her sisters’ shares of the estate. Juan Enrique became manager of the estancia. In love with the place, he never left Nibepo. Nowadays, their son Adolfo is in charge of the estancia and the authentic history goes on from generation to generation.

»The wagon and its history
The wagons or carretas were the only means of cargo transportation until the middle of the 20th century. The main cargo was the wool production towards the ports in the Atlantic ocean coast. Each wagon train was formed by several wagons pulled by around 18 animals (horses and mules).

The journey from Nibepo Aike to Río Gallegos (port of shipment) lasted approximately 20 days. Nowadays, many of these wagons can be seen at the estancia, where they are part of the landscape.

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