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Colonía Convert
Departamento San Javier,
Santa Fe Province
Names
Colonía Convert, Colonía Javier
History
      Colonía Convert was founded in 1878 by 44 families (of whom 33 families - 169 people - were Volga German) originally destined to settle near Sunchales. However, they desired a place near a river, and the government designated a new location near the town of San Javier.
      They constructed their houses near the river, but these houses were flooded and had to be reconstructed at a higher elevation. The flooding also rendered part of the alloted farmland unarable, decreasing the per family allotment.
      Because of this repeated flooding and the decreasing amounts of arable land, these Volga German families began moving in 1880 to the village of Protestante in Entre Ríos Province. By 1886, Colonía Convert was abandoned.
Volga German Families
      The following were Volga German families are known to have settled in Colonía Convert:
Kaspar Arnst
Heinrich Bisterfeld
Heinrich Hildebrandt
Heinrich Jakobi
Georg Liebrecht
Heinrich Müller
Kaspar Müller
Heinrich Schimpf
Karl Toller?
Konrad Toller?
Jakob Voos
Sources:
- 1881 Census of Protestante (Jorge L. Göttig)
- Fundacion de las Aldeas (vocesdelvolga.com)
- Göttig, Jorge Luis. Los primeros contingentes de Alemanes del Volga en la Argentina: Una aproximaciórica.
- Riffel, Jakob. Die Russlanddeutschen insbesondere die Wolgadeutschen am La Plata (2008 reprint in Spanish): 110-112.
Last updated on 26 December 2012.