Photo: Paraguay 200th Year Independence
Today, all of Paraguay is celebrating and rejoicing its 200-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, converted natives to Christianity and enslaved native Indian populations.
Paraguay gained independence from Spain in 1811 but not before becoming the primary site of Jesuit missions and settlements.
Ecuador is home to 6.3 million people the majority of which are Catholic. After surviving several financial and political corruption scandals in the ‘90s the country continues to try to move away from an informal economy.
The country will celebrate with parades, music concerts and cultural exhibitions. See Secretary of States’ Hillary Clinton’s video congrats: