Founded by Jesuit Roque Santa Cruz González, first Paraguayan saint, March 25, 1615.
Founded on March 25, 1615
by Jesuit Roque Santa Cruz González, first Paraguayan saint.
Located in the southeast of the country on the right bank of the Paraná River, 365km from the capital Asuncion.
The Passion of Roque González de Santa Cruz was always working with the locals to win them to the faith, was that the May 9, 1609 Roque González de Santa Cruz entered the Society of Jesus in Asunción and for many years took responsibility for missionary and founder.
In Asunción expressed his Superior and Governor His purposes of founding a mission in Itapúa and after
approval of that task so Itapúa returned to found the mission on the Parana named Our Lady of the Incarnation of the commemorative Itapúa date of March 25, 1615.
This mission was then to the left bank of the Paraná River in the present town of Posadas,
Argentina, but did not stay long in one place because of the threat bandeirante, plague,
intractability of the natives, newly formed village still without ownership of easy digestion, the desirability of greater proximity to San Ignacio Guazii, the first reduction was founded by the Jesuits; and so it was that the mission was moved to the right bank of the Paraná River in the modern city of Encarnación, Paraguay, on the dry side of the creek from Villa Baja and later on the grounds of what is now the Immaculate College Concepción.
And so the mission was becoming a village and April 8, 1843 was elevated to the category of Villa.