In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Tierra del Fuego became a magnet for those fleeing war, hunger, discrimination or simply wanting to improve the standing of their families. Nothing’s new.
One migrant to Ushuaia was Don Jose Solomon from Tripoli in Lebanon (yes, Lebanon) who in 1906 established the Ramos General Store which quickly became “a shelter for the needy, the newcomers to the port, the gold-seekers and the travellers following their dreams”.
The building is still here today, sandwiched between concrete facades facing a petrol station and the port. It’s now a restaurant serving popular dishes and great puddings, whilst maintaining the decor of 1906 around the walls. Still a cool place for travellers.