Santa Manoela, Paverama Municipality, Río Grande do Sul

Santa Manoela

Some of the earliest Volga German immigrants to Brazil settled originally in Santa Manoela. German settlers from Germany also settled in this area.

In the colony, there was a Roman Catholic church called the Chapel of São Jose do Morrotral (Saint Joseph of Morrotral). Priests from the São João (St. John's) parish in Montenagro served the group in Santa Manoela and later priests from the parish of Santo Antônio (St. Anthony) in Estrella.

Not much remains of Santa Manoela, although there is a large cemetery and the chapel is still there.

Volga German Families: 

The following Volga German families are known to have settled in Santa Maneola:

Akwa (Aqua) from Neu-Kolonie
Basgall from Seelmann
Redel from Hölzel


- Akwa, João Vicente.

Pre-Volga Origin

Colonies founded in Río Grande do Sul in Brazil. Russland is toward the left of those on this map.
Source: João Vincente Akwa.

Volga Colonies