Encarnacin ?ngkrnsy?n [key], city (1992 pop. 56,261), capital of Itapa dept., SE Paraguay, a port on the Paran River. It is the commercial center for a rich agricultural region. Industries in the city produce textiles, food products, timber, and hides. Encarnacin was founded as a Jesuit mission in 1632. It was almost completely destroyed by a tornado in 1926. The Yacyret hydroelectric dam spans the Paran near the city.

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