Germans in Peru? Why?.............Thats what i said to my self and it took me about 1.5 year to find out.
As you have seen already there are Eggerstedt here in the USA and in Peru as well as Germany of course.
Well this an update now that i know what i am doing i now have birth certificates dating back to 1850 and found out that Germans, Italians, Austrians and French went to Peru to establish Colonies as proposed by then president Ramon Castilla and for the efforts land and money was offered to them.
Pozuzo and Oxapampa are German Colonies in Peru.
Today is October 10 2001.
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In 1849, president Ramón Castilla, passed an immigration law and the first influx of Germans arrived under its protection, along with the help of businessman Antolín Rodulfo. Unfortunately the immigrants were never able to establish themselves. Having had to travel on foot to Tarapoto, no family arrived untouched by tragedy. Many died when crossing the high mountains, descending through the cliffs of the Montane forests, and from trecherous weather conditions.
It was German traveller Baron Cosme Damián Schütz von Holzhausen, who, after visiting German colonies in Texas, had the idea of creating other colonies in South America.
After a trip to the Alto Marañon area, he began to encourage immigration towards the Montane forests of Peru. On this trip in 1852 he established a friendship, and a small community with Manuel Ijurria, a miner from Cerro de Pasco.
Finally, the Peruvian government accepted a Schütz–Ijurria proposal allowing the introduction of some 13,000 German colonists into the Amazonas region. Nevertheless, President Echenique scrapped the Immigration Law in 1953 and this contract was ified. During the second term of Castilla, another Schütz–Ijurria contract was formed with the idea of bringing 10,000 Austrian and German immigrants. This document stipulated that the settlers would descend the Andean Cordillera to establish themselves at the meeting point of the Delfín and Huancabamba rivers. Instead of 500 settlers, in reality only 300 left the port of Amberes towards the Andes. Their march lasted two years and was extremely arduous. They arrived at Pozuzo on July 25, 1859.
In total Some 150 colonists managed to establish themselves, and thus remained totally isolated from their home land and the rest of Peru. Nothing was heard of them for more than 120 years. During this time, the colony was totally self–sufficient, raising livestock, weaving, even making their own shoes. The population grew as its members married among each other and with natives of the region.
In 1970 the first road to reach Pozuzo was built, an unreliable link due to washouts and landslides. It nonetheless allowed modernising advances and commerce to reach the colony. This access road also permitted many young members to leave town in search of higher education or simply to live in the capital.
Today Pozuzo is a town marked by its roots. Typical tyrolese dress is worn on festival days, both German and Spanish are spoken and
families still conserve names such as Schmidt, Heidinger, Müller, and Köhel. You can also see the natural and necessary growth of mestizaje in the town, the fruit the harmonious coexistence between colonist and native. This can be seen in family names native to the region combined with Tyrolese first and last names, giving way to a totally new generation of Peruvians.
These latest generations have cultivated a new territory in the last thirty years a plan called ‘the conquest of the Codo de Pozuzo’. The development of the area locally known as the ‘elbow of Pozuzo’ was realised after many expeditions, where different crops were experimented with. Today the Municipality of Codo del Pozuzo stands with well–earned pride.
The settlers’ homes are a clear display of German architecture as adapted to the conditions and materials of the