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Encarnación, Paraguay

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Encarnación is a ceety in southeastern Paraguay. It is situatit (370 km) 235 mile sooth-east o the caipital Asunción on the Paraná River, opposite the Argentine ceety o Posadas. The twa ceeties ar linked bi the San Roque González de Santa Cruz Bridge. Encarnación is the caipital o the department o Itapúa an haes a population o 69,769 (2002 census).

The ceety wis foondit bi the Jesuits in 1615. It gained in importance efter the comin o the railway in 1854. In 1957, the ceety wis made the seat o the Roman Catholic Diocese o Encarnación. The day the ceety is dividit intae twa main sections - the auld ceety bi the river an the newer business district inland. Akis o its mild climate Encarnación is aften cawed "The Pearl o the Sooth".

Maist o the indwallers ar o mixed Spanish an Amerindian descent as in the rest o Paraguay but thare ar an aa minorities o Germans, Ukrainians, Japanese, Koreans, Arabs, New Zealanders, Cheenese an Poles.

Encarnación wis the birthplace o Alfredo Stroessner, general an heid o state o Paraguay frae 1954 tae 1989.

Samba dancer frae Encarnación

It is an aa the "Carnival" Capital o Paraguay, a yearly celebration o mostly Brazilian music and dance.

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Coordinates: 27°20′S 55°54′W / 27.333°S 55.900°W / -27.333; -55.900

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