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Mennonites in Mexico, Paraguay, Costa Rica

Tim Brown reports: "There is also a large Mennonite region in the Paraguayan Chaco, and a smaller Mennonite settlement in Costa Rica. I have visited both. In Paraguay they produce some of the best dairy and other products and, at least when I was stationed there, ran the technically illegal but entirely open money exchange system for Stroessner. They were also very big in smuggling to and from Bolivia and the Argentine Chaco. The Chihuahua Mennonites are very well known in southern New Mexico, where they come to trade. Unfortunately, among the goods they were bringing in when my police officer daughter arrested a few was marijuana hidden beneath more traditional farm produce".

RH: Well, well.

Ronald Hilton - 11/8/02