The territory was occupied by semi-nomadic Guarani peoples before Spanish rule was established in the 16th century. Paraguay achieved independence in 1811. It was devastated, losing more than half of its population, in war against Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay in 1865–70, but gained land in the Chaco War with Bolivia in 1932-5. The country was ruled by the military dictator Alfredo Stroessner (b.1912) from 1954 to 1989
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- Her fictional account of the 19 th-century Irish courtesan Eliza Lynch, who became the consort of a great Paraguayan leader, begins as it means to go on: boldly, but not quite where no man has gone before.
- Red-shirted English fans were out in numbers in pubs, but so too were Scots in the Trinidadian colours, blue and yellow Viking helmets, and even draped in the red, blue and white Paraguayan flag.
- Fire roared through a supermarket on the outskirts of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion yesterday, killing as many as 300 people and injuring dozens more.
Definition of Paraguay in:
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