After the first travels of Christopher Columbus, in 1492, subsequent expeditions sailed out for the new world.
One of the expeditions resulted in the beginning of the Paraguayan history and consequently in the history of Asuncion. We are talking about the expedition lead by Don Pedro de Mendoza and Juan de Ayolas, who disembarked in the coast of Candelaria.
This city was finally founded a few years later, on the feast day of the Assumption on the 15th August, 1537, by Juan de Salazar y Espinoza.
Women represented a large part of the population of the area, playing a major role in the development of the colonies.
Some historians agree that natives used to offer their own sisters and daughters to conquerors as a way of extending them a warm welcome.
However, history reveals that Guarani natives heavily defended their lands, families and goods against Spanish attack, even resorting to death.
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