20th Century alterations

In the late decades of the 19th centuries and the early ones of the 20th century improvements to the lighting system continued to keep abreast of technical developments. Thus, the Sautter lamp was replaced by a new one made by the company Létourneau so that the light was stronger and visible in the dark, stormy nights of the Atlantic.

Aside from these technical considerations, the Tower, following Giannini’s restoration, began to be popular and appreciated. And this was particularly so in the case of Galicians who have a long tradition as seamen. Since its inception, it was closely linked to this tempestuous sea that batters its coasts and takes its seamen away. In this context, the lighthouse is the light that guides ships on their way and into port, it is the image of return, of a happy day’s run and it is for all these reasons that it turned into a symbol, an icon that became part of the collective memory of our society. That is why when in late 19th century and early 20th century, a time when Galician people emigrated in search of employment and better opportunities across the Atlantic all over Latin America, they will take with them the image of the Tower of Hercules which lights powerfully from across the oceans thanks to the articles published by Galicians in the magazines of emigration. There is not one of them between 1890 and 1960 that fails to include an article on the Tower, where homesickness and nostalgia become apparent.

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