Mennonites in Paraguay
Mennonite children in San Juan Bautista.
|Regions with significant populations|
|Filadelfia, Loma Plata.|
|Plautdietsch, English, Spanish|
Mennonites in Paraguay are ethnic Mennonites with a central European ancestry or of Mixed (southern European/Amerindian) or Amerindian ancestry as the vast majority of Paraguayans. Ethnic Mennonites contribute heavily to the agricultural and dairy output of Paraguay.
Origin and Languages
Ethnic Mennonites, that is Mennonites of German, Swiss German and Dutch descent in Paraguay are spread across 19 colonies and in the city of Asuncion. The vast majority of ethnic Mennonites in Paraguay can trace their origin to the Mennonite settlement in the Vistula Delta, from where they migrated to the Russian Empire. 25% of the Mennonites of Paraguay came directly from Russia, 51% from Russia via Canada, where they lived for several decades and a further 22% form Russia via Canada via Mexico (some from Mexico via Belize). Another 2% are descendants of Amish-Mennonite immigrants from USA, who came originally from Switserland and southern Germany. All "Russian Mennonites" share the same ancestry, language (Plautdietsch) and a lot of other traditions in contrast to the Amish-Mennonites, who speak or spoke Pennsylvania German along with English.
Mennonites of the Central Chaco
The Central Chaco region probably has the highest concentration of ethnic Mennonites anywhere in Latin America. Ethnic Germans (almost all of them Mennonites) formed 32% of the total population of the Central Chaco as of 2005. Only Paraguayan Indians (52%) were more numerous compared to them. Latin Paraguayans, the majority ethnic group in Paraguay, constituted just 11% and Braziguayans and Argentines another 5%.
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Colonies of Conservative Mennonites can be found in Asuncion, Catupyry, Colony Florida, Departamento Canindeyu, Departamento Itapua, and in Hohenau.
- Mennonites in Netherlands
- Mennonites in Belize
- Mennonites in Bolivia
- Mennonites in France
- Mennonites in Mexico
- Mennonites in Uruguay
- http://www.menonitica.org/2000/berichte.htm “Statistik der Mennonitenkolonien in Paraguay” in Jahrbuch für Geschichte und Kultur der Mennoniten in Paraguay 2000