Bluefields and Racine became Sister Cities in 1973 as part of a Wisconsin-wide effort to support the then new Nicaraguan government and help develop the country.
Isolated by the Carribean Sea on one side and a mountain range on the other, Bluefields was founded in about 1602 by the Portuguese and came under British influence within thirty years. The British founded a colony here in 1730, and Bluefields remained under British protection until late in the 19th century. The town is therefore multi-ethnic and English-speaking.
Once known for its attractive historic architecture, Bluefields was devastated by Hurricane Joan about twenty years ago. Although international interest and sympathy was strong at the time, rebuilding has been limited.
Bluefields site designed and donated by AdSummus