Tuesday, October 04, 2016

President Hayes and Paraguay



Rutherford B. Hayes was born in Delaware, Ohio on this day in 1822.

He is one of those post Civil War presidents that we read about in US history class.   However, he is well loved down in Paraguay, the small nation of South America!



Pres. Rutherford Hayes was the 19th president of the US and the winner of the 1876 election.


What's the big deal about that election?  It was hotly contested and settled at the last minute by a congressional commission.   Move over Gore v Bush!


Beyond that, Pres Hayes is one of those presidents that we don't read a lot about.


Why do they love Pres Hayes in Paraguay, a country way down in South America?


The answer is rather remarkable, according to this AP story:
"Forget Lincoln or Washington. Hayes — a one-term U.S. president who is undistinguished at home — has a holiday, a province, a town, a museum and a soccer team all named in his honor, thanks to an 1878 arbitration in which he handed Paraguay 60 percent of its land.
"If it weren't for Hayes, Paraguay would have a smaller territory than it has today," said Salvador Garozzo, director of the municipal museum in the town of Villa Hayes, capital of Presidente Hayes province."
That's the rest of the story when it comes to President Hayes..


So let's remember Pres Hayes and the wonderful nation of Paraguay with "Recuerdos de Ypacarai", a song about Ypacarai Lake.


This is one of my favorite songs from the Latin American repertoire.


This song is performed by Los Panchos, the greatest of all Spanish music trios:



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