Emboscada, Paraguay

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A school in the Afro-Paraguay city of Emboscada that pays tribute to the American president credited with freeing slaves in the United States.
Emboscada
District
Flag of Emboscada
Flag
Coat of arms of Emboscada
Coat of arms
Coordinates: 25°07′24″S 57°21′19″W / 25.12333°S 57.35528°W / -25.12333; -57.35528Coordinates: 25°07′24″S 57°21′19″W / 25.12333°S 57.35528°W / -25.12333; -57.35528
Country Paraguay
Department Cordillera
Government
 • Intendente Municipal Jacinto Raul Peña Silva
Area
 • Total 265 km2 (102 sq mi)
Elevation 192 m (630 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 12,225
 • Density 46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone -4 Gmt (UTC-4)
Postal code 3210
Area code(s) (595) (529)

Emboscada is a district of the Cordillera Department, Paraguay.

Etymology[edit]

“San Agustín de la Emboscada” refers to the ambush before the Spanish Conquest, against Carios tribe made by Guaicurú people. It is also known as the Stone City because most of the people's job is mining.

Emboscada

Weather[edit]

The weather in Cordillera Region is mild and dry. Temperature ranges from 22°C to 39°C, in winter the temperature is 3°C.

Demography[edit]

Emboscada has 12,225 inhabitants, 6,337 are men and 5,888 women (Census 2002) In the urban area 5,153 people and the rural area with 7,072 people. 80% of Emboscada's population considers itself to be of African descent. [1]

History[edit]

The first settlers were slaves from Brazil called “libertos” in XVIII. It was founded in 1740 by Governor Rafael de la Moneda with the name of “San Agustín de la Emboscada”. The most important penitentiary of Paraguay was built in Emboscada in 1816. During Stroessner's dictatorship it worked as the prison for convicts of political issues.

Temple de San Francisco Solano in Emboscada

Economy[edit]

The most important activity is mining. Others activities are coffee, oil and fishing.

Library in Emboscada

Transportation[edit]

It is located 38 km far from Asunción, to get there one needs to go through Route Nº III “Gral. Elizardo Aquino”. From Emboscada City you can visit Nueva Colombia and from this city Loma Grande, through a paved road. From Loma Grande one can get to Altos, Atyrá and San Bernardino. All these cities have paved roads connected to Route Nº II “Mariscal José Félix Estigarribia”.

Tourism[edit]

On June 24. in minas a small town, there is a festival honoring San Francisco Solano. During this parade people walk behind San Francisco Solano's image singing and praying throughout the town till they get to the church. They wear masks and dance to drums rhythms, as a way to remember their ancestors, enslaved Africans. There is a lot of typical food, many local bands and pilgrims wearing feathers and leaves from banana plants together at the big square dancing and giving thanks for the favours to San Francisco Solano.

The church was built by Priest Amancio Gonzalez in 1774 honoring San Agustín, the altarpieces and the images made of carved woods belong to the Franciscan Style, the walls, doors and windows were engraved in XVIII. The craftmanship of this place consists of making hats, they make it from karanda´y (a kind of palm), and a fan shaped object. They also make sweets, “guampa” a special kina of glass made of wood (usually palo santo[disambiguation needed]) to drink tereré and mate, they also make sweets and finery from ysypo a kind of liane. You can also find strange pyramids in this place.

People dancing to San Francisco Solano

Important people from Emboscada[edit]

Priest Amancio González was born in Emboscada.

Bibliography and references[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ipsnews.net/2010/01/paraguay-afro-descendants-affirm-their-identity/
  • Geografía Ilustrada del Paraguay, Distribuidora Arami SRL; 2007. ISBN 99925-68-04-6
  • Geografía del Paraguay, Primera Edición 1999, Editorial Hispana Paraguay SRL

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