In the 19th century, the Valais was structurally weak and was far from industrialization in other parts of the country and in Europe outside of Switzerland. In Visperterminen, as in many other Valais villages, there was great poverty. As a result, about a quarter of the village population emigrated to Argentina in the 1850s and founded the town of San Jerónimo Norte there. Some residents of San Jerónimo Norte still use the Visperterminer dialect today. Around 1990, the “Tärnines” - that's what the residents of Visperterminen call themselves - lived following the cycle of farm work from “bottom to top”, so depending on the season they were on the move between the valley floor and the high mountain pastures. The traces of this nomadic life can be found everywhere. The landscape is characterized by a multitude of paths and paths, and the infrastructure of the settlements reflects this way of life. For example, you can still find a chapel in every hamlet, a "Driel"
June 3, 2021
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