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Santiago is a city in Paraguay, located in the Misiones Department. It is one of the most important Jesuit missions in Paraguay.ToponymyWhen it was originally named, Santiago was named San Ignacio de Caaguzú. It was re-founded in the Misiones department, Paraguay, in 1669 with the name of Santiago Apóstol.HistorySantiago is an old Jesuit mission and still today preserves many characteristics of the colonial time, like its great main square, the “house of the Indians” and a museum that preserves objects of art from colonial times.During colonial times Santiago was a very important city because of its population, about 3,000 inhabitants.It is important to mention that during the holidays it was organized the Opera of Santiago.GeographyIt is located 278 kilometers from Asunción, capital of the country. It is located on a hill, between Ayolas and San Patricio.ClimateIn summer, the temperature reaches 39°C, in winter drops to 0°C. The annual average is 21°C.PopulationSantiago has a population of 7,702 inhabitants, 4,017 men and 3,685 women, according to the General Direction of Polls, Statistics and Census.EconomyThe people of Santiago dedicate mostly to cattle. Also to the agriculture and sow corn, sugar cane, cotton and soy.MunicipalityThe current governor is Ignacio Larre (Liberal Party).TourismSantiago has a museum of sacred art, the “Museo Jesuítico de Santiago” (Jesuit Museum of Santiago).
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