Paraguay Gets No Respect, No Respect at All

| 2/12/2008 12:55:43 PM

undefinedPoor Paraguay. It’s one of those countries that sixth-grade geography teachers carefully point out on a map, only to have their students immediately confuse it with Uruguay. Which is why Gary Brecher, in an article for the Russian alt biweekly the eXile, tells the strange story “of how Paraguay went from a wannabe Prussia to the Rodney Dangerfield of South America.” Brecher recounts the 1864-1870 War of the Triple Alliance, during which South America’s two largest countries—Brazil and Argentina—and Uruguay pummeled little Paraguay, destroying more than half its population and leaving it in a state of chaos that, 150 years later, it still hasn’t fully recovered from.

Morgan Winters