Mennonite Settlements in Brazil and Uruguay  (p. 205)


The first Mennonite settlers in Brazil had emigrated from Moscow to Germany in 1929. The German government made arrangements for them to settle in Brazil. They arrived in Blumenau in 1930 and settled in a number of small villages farther west. They were joined by refugees from Harbin, China in 1934. The jungle proved to be almost uninhabitable and most of the settlers relocated to the Curitiba area. The settlements near Bage were established in 1949.

The Mennonites in Uruguay came from Poland after World War II. The El Ombo Colony was founded in 1959, the Gartental Colony in 1951 and the Delta Colony in 1955.