Chihuahua, Mexico (p. 188 - 191)
After World War I the provincial governments in Saskatchewan
and Manitoba passed legislation
that restricted the control local communities had over their schools. The
British flag had to be flown and the English language had to be used for instruction.
Some of the Mennonites saw these changes as a threat to their faith and made
preparations to leave this country.
The Mexican government granted them the desired privileges.
During the years 1922 to 1926 numerous trains filled with Mennonite emigrants
from Manitoba and Saskatchewan
arrived at Cuauhtemoc. The Old Colony settlers from Manitoba
founded the Manitoba Colony. The Old Colony Mennonites from Saskatchewan
established the Swift Current Colony. The Sommerfelder Mennonites settled the
Santa Clara Colony.
The Nordkolonie (Ojo de la Yegua Colony) was founded in 1948
by settlers from the Manitoba Colony and the Swift Current Colony. The villages
numbered 18 to 22 had been settled earlier by families from the Manitoba
Colony. They became part of the Nordkolonie in 1948.
The Kleinegemeinde Mennonites from Manitoba
settled the Quelenkolonie (Los Jagueyes Colony) in 1948.
The Santa Rita Colony was established in 1958 by settlers
from the Manitoba Colony, the Swift Current Colony and the Nordkolonie.