Mennonites in Mexico

Mennonite settlement in Mexico began in 1922 following the granting of a “Privilegium” (privileges) by the Mexican government to Canadian Mennonites. Old Colony and Sommerfeld Mennonites from Manitoba and Saskatchewan were living in the Manitoba Colony (1922), Swift Current Colony (1922) and Santa Clara Colony (1922) in Chihuahua State. These groups had emigrated from Russia to Canada in the 1870s in response to offers of reserved homestead lands and privileges and immunities equivalent to those inherent in the “Privilegium” held in Russia.

Over the years other Mennonite groups settled in Mexico, but many returned to the United States or to Canada, or moved on to other countries in Latin America.

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