Paraguay

Gisele Apaez and Jasmine Gale's Project

Paraguay

The ancient history of Paraguay is poorly documented, as almost no archaeological research has been done and little is known of Paraguay's pre-Columbian history. What is certain is that the eastern part of the country was occupied by Guaraní peoples for at least 1,000 years before the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Evidence indicates that these indigenous Americans developed a fairly sophisticated semi-nomadic culture consisting of several independent multivillage communities.Paraguay's colonial history was one of general calm punctuated by turbulent political events; the country's economy at the time made it unimportant to the Spanish crown, and the distance of its capital from other new cities on the South American continent led to isolation. Paraguay declared its independence from Spain in 1811; since then, the country has had a history of dictatorial governments, from the Utopian regime of José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia (El Supremo) to the suicidal reign of Francisco Solano López, who nearly devastated the country in warfare against the combined forces of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay from 1865 through 1870. The so-called Paraguayan War ended in the near annihilation of Paraguay and set the stage for the formation of a two-party (Colorado vs. Liberal) political system that persists until the present day.

Pauguay Facts

: Lauguage Spanish (official), Guarani (official)

:Major Cities ASUNCION (capital) 1.977 million (2009)

:Major infectious diseases

degree of risk: intermediate

food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever

vectorborne disease: dengue fever and malaria (2009)

: Capital name: Asuncion

geographic coordinates: 25 16 S, 57 40 W

time difference: UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

daylight saving time: +1hr, begins first Sunday in October; ends second Sunday in April

Paraguay Pictures

In Paraguay theres lots of beautiful things like sunsets,aninmals, waterfalls, dames,mountains,and many more.

What I Thought About Paraguay

When I got Paraguay I thought it was a stupid boring country that didn't have anthing and that it was nothing but dirt and dead trees. But when I serched and serched for things that were beautiful it turned out to be beautiful. Because it had waterfalls, beautiful animals, sunsets, mountains, some vallys,dames,and so much other beautiful things. I did realize in the end that Paraguay was just a beautiful counrty after all, and thats what i like about Paraguay.