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Statue of Spanish Conquistador Who Founded Asuncion Appears Without His Sword

ASUNCION The statue of Juan de Salazar, the Spaniard attributed with the founding of Asuncion in 1537, appeared on Friday without the bronze sword normally wielded by the conquistador, in what would be the second theft of the weapon that was previously stolen in 2011.

The statue, created by Paraguayan artist Francisco Almeida, has stood since the mid-20th century in front of the old town hall building in the historic center of Asuncion, next to Congress and a command headquarters of the National Police.

Born in 1508 in Espinosa de los Monteros in Burgos province, Juan de Salazar died in 1560 in the Paraguayan capital, where he set foot for the first time after traveling up the Paraguay River with the expedition of Pedro de Mendoza, the first pioneer commander of Rio de la Plata.

 

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