Minuane were one of the native nations of Uruguay, Argentina (specially in the province of Entre Rios) and Brazil (specially in the state of Rio Grande do Sul). Their territory was along the Paraná and Uruguay Rivers. They were related to the other tribes in the area like Charrua and Güenoa. Currently, no one claims Minuane ancestry in Uruguay. The tribe seems to be extinct in its full blooded form. However, some studies show that Minuane ancestry is present in some Argentinian people living in Entre Rios.
In 1583, the invader Juan de Garay was killed in battle against the Minuane nation. The Battle of Yí (batalla del Yí) occurred In 1702 in the Banda Oriental. There 2000 Guaraníes misioneros and Spanish killed 300 minuanes, charrúas y yaros, and captured 500 more. Since 1730, together with the Charruas they attacked the Spanish invaders in Montevideo in an effort to recover their lands. In 2 campaigns in 1749 and 1750 the governor of Santa Fe, Francisco Antonio de Vera y Mujica, invaded Minuane territory and massacred them in today's city of Victoria in Entre Ríos. Many survivors were captured and translated to the province of Santa Fe forming a reserve in Cayasta. In 1751, the governor of Montevideo, José Joaquín de Viana killed 120 Charruas-Minuane in Uruguay. Later they allied with José Gervasio Artigas, the Uruguayan hero.
In Rio grande do Sul, Brazil, there is a type of wind known as the "Minuano wind" (vento minuano).