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San Ignacio

San Ignacio, also known as San Ignacio Guazú, is a city and district in the Misiones Department of Paraguay, located 225km from Asunción.HistoryIt was founded on December 29, 1609 by the Jesuit Priests Marcial de Lorenzana and Francisco de San Martín, accompany by Cacique Arapysandú, who took them to his lands, where they built an altar and celebrated the first mass.The Jesuit Mission was established officially in 1610 with the name of “San Ignacio Guazú” so it wouldn’t be confused with another mission “San Ignacio Miní” in Misiones, Argentina. In February of the same year, Father Roque González de Santa Cruz organized the mission, turning it into the center of all the Jesuit missions in Paraguay. The Jesuits that founded other towns such as: Santa Rosa, Santiago, Santa María, San Cosme y Damián and even Encarnación, left from San Ignacio in order to do so.Originally located in the area where nowadays is Santa Rita, moved to Santiago and later to the current location.The first inhabitants of San Ignacio were the natives that learned many arts from the European masters.EconomySan Ignacio is an important center for commerce, cattle and agriculture, besides from the historical and cultural richness. His strategic location, in the central area of the department and with several road sections, its population is the one with the most dynamic and economical activity of the department.
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