XVII Century

Throughout this century, it keeps the struggle with Bilbao by the control of the wool trade, which Portugalete still retains.

In XVIth century, documented works were initiated to improve the navigation in Portugalete´s Bar, that although continues being a problem throughout this centur, also it supposed a source of income for the town, that received to help the ships to cross it.

In 1651 was created Portugalete Guild of Merchants of San Telmo and San Nicholas, whose object was the organization of the pilotage of the estuary. Still the wharf did not exist, and the ships ran aground against the Bar easily.

Chronological table

  • 1614 -  August 23 is blessed and opened the Convent of Santa Clara
  • 1615 -  Development and reform of the Municipal Ordinances of the Town
  • 1624 -  Francisco Díaz de la Pimienta is born. Innovator of the naval military art.
  • 1635 -  Admiral Vallecilla Martin diez.
  • 1636 -  Ana del Casal dies. Abbess of Santa Clara.
  • 1651 -  It is constituted Portugalete Guild of Merchants of San Telmo and San Nicholas- Constitution in Portugalete of the Guild of Merchants of San Telmo and San Nicholas, whose purpose was the organization of the pilotaje of the estuary, for which they obtained the due approval by the Consulate of Bilbao.
  • 1663 -  Lawsuit with Santurtzi on the jurisdiction of the Town.
  • 1674 -  Cristobal del Mello dies. Admiral and Benefactor.