Resolution J1741-2013

Commemorating the 202nd Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Paraguay



  • May 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 3, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 202nd Anniversary of the Inde-
pendence of the Republic of Paraguay

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to  celebrate  histor-
ical  events which exemplify the spirit and struggle of peoples through-
out the world to achieve independence and live in peace and freedom; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern and in full accord with  its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 202nd Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Para-
guay, May 14, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, Pre-Columbian society in the wooded, fertile region which  is
now  present-day  Paraguay,  consisted  of semi-nomadic tribes, who were
recognized for their fierce warrior traditions; and
  WHEREAS,  These  indigenous  tribes  were  members  of  five  distinct
language  families,  and 17 separate ethno-linguistic groups which still
remain today; and
  WHEREAS, Europeans first arrived in the area in the early 16th  Centu-
ry,  and  the  settlement  of  Asuncion, the capital and largest city of
Paraguay, was founded on August 15, 1537, by the Spanish  explorer  Juan
de Salazar y Espinoza; and
  WHEREAS,  The city of Asuncion eventually became the center of a Span-
ish colonial province, as well as a primary site of the Jesuit  missions
and settlements in South America in the 18th Century; and
  WHEREAS,  Jesuit  Reductions  were  founded  and flourished in eastern
Paraguay for about 150 years until the expulsion of the Jesuits  by  the
Spanish  crown  in  1767; Paraguay declared its independence after over-
throwing the local Spanish administration on May 14, 1811; and
  WHEREAS, The first Paraguayans arrived in  America  between  1841  and
1850;  today, it is still a developing nation; its citizens have endured
through both national political instability and a  transition  toward  a
democratic government; and
  WHEREAS,  While  a  small nation in size and population, Paraguay is a
nation of rich  cultural  diversity;  Guarani,  the  secondary  national
language, is spoken in communities throughout Paraguay; and
  WHEREAS,  There  are a number of Paraguayans who have come to New York
City in pursuit of economic opportunity; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative  Body  to  recognize  the
great  contributions  which  Paraguayans  have  brought to our State and
Nation, and to wish them  all  continued  success  in  their  purposeful
endeavors; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 202nd Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of
Paraguay; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to esteemed Paraguayan organizations in the State of New York.


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