Paraguay: History

  1. 1537

    Spain begins colonizing Paraguay.

  2. 1811

    Paraguay becomes independent.

  3. 1865

    Paraguay loses half of its population and large amounts of land in a war with Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.

  4. 2002

    A state of emergency is declared after violent protesters demand the resignation of President Luis Gonzalez Macchi and an end to free-market policies.

  5. 2005

    The lower house rejects a government proposal to privatize public utilities.

  6. 2009

    Brazil and Paraguay agree to end their long-running dispute over energy cost from the hydro-electric plant on their border.


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