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About the Bielich name
In Croatia, the name may be spelled several ways:  Bielich - Bielic - Belic - Bijelic - Bijelich.  
"La familia siempre escribió su apellido "Bielich" y nunca "Bielic".  Yo tengo el certificado de bautizo de mi
abuelo.  Mi abuelo se llamaba Adriano Bielich-Mirandoli, nacido en Livorno.  Su padre Stefano Bielich era de
Raguza". --Carmen Bielich-Matos de Wilcox in 2003.
The Bielich Family in Peru and Chile
Web builder:  George Wilcox-Bielich  -  Last Update:  November 2007
Other names found in the Bielich-Mirandoli branch:  
Aceves Asparria Barit Basure Benitez Cabrera Chocano Combolia Concha DeBernardi DeLaPuente DiazDulanto
Falabella Fernandini Flores Jago Labarthe Larraín Magnolfi Marín Matos McCuliough Merino Nash Novoa Parró Pazos
Peschiera Plaza Pomareda Reyes Rojas Salas Sepúlveda Sierra Thiessen Thompson Valderrama Vásquez Villa Wilcox
Yrigoyen
The Bielich-Mirandoli Family
...from Croatia - Italy - Peru - Chile - USA - Canada - Sweden - France
    The Slavic People as a Race
    [Part of this article taken from www.wisegeek.com/who-are-slavic-
    people.htm and part from Wikipedia®]

    The Slavic people are a race that descends from Indo-
    European roots that once shared a common language as
    well as area of descent. Today, the majority of Slavic
    people or Slavs live in Central and Eastern Europe. Slavic
    populations are particularly concentrated in Russia, the
    Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Belarus,
    Bulgaria, Slovakia, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia, the
    Republic of Macedonia, and Montenegro.
    Today their language roots and geographical locations
    are divided into West, East and South Slavic, further
    dividing the Slavic people. Those from a particular group
    tend to speak the language accorded to that area. Of
    course, with modern immigration, there are many of
    Slavic descent living throughout the world, so it
    becomes more difficult to specifically define a "Slavic"
    people, according to language.

The Slavic people are thought to possibly have inhabited parts of Germany at one point, before migrating
eastward, southward and northward in the sixth century. The first Slavic state was recognized in the seventh
century and was ruled by Samo, who was not in fact, of Slavic origin. However, he supported the Slavic people
in fighting oppression by the Avar rulers. This state was located in Moravia, a region now within the borders of
the Czech Republic.
As a whole, the Slavic people became absorbed into the cultures that became more firmly established in the
Middle Ages. They very early embraced Christianity, in around the sixth century. Most Slavic people still residing
in Europe who are Christians are either Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox or Uniate. A few Slavs like the
Pomaks in Bulgaria are Muslim.
Many Slavic people met unfortunate demise in Poland during the Nazi occupation. Hitler in general, hated the
Slavs, and thus forced many into slave labor. In fact one of the most devastating evils for the Slavic people at
the hands of Hitler was his systematic killing of thousands of the best intellectuals in Poland, who were of Slavic
descent.
However, because the Slavs had holdings in parts of Russia that remained untouched by the Nazis, the race
fared better than did the Jews during WWII. Slavic culture is still known for its beautiful and elaborate
costuming and folk dancing. As well, the first man in outer space, Yuri Gagarin is of Slavic descent. Other
famous Slavs include the author Leo Tolstoy, the composer Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the astronomer Mikolaj
Kopernik, the geneticist Gregor Mendel, and the inventor Nikola Tesla. [Taken from http://www.wisegeek.
com/who-are-slavic-people.htm ]

The Peruvian Branch
Croatian-Peruvians are Peruvians of Croatian descent. Although a small group in the European minorty of Peru,
Croatian-Peruvians and their descendants have made valuable contributions to their new country. Mostly
settled in Peru's capital, Lima, Croatian-Peruvians have scattered throughout the vast metropolis, but are
known to have established a strong community in the Miraflores district, where strong ties to the ethnic group
still remain. Due to intermarriage, most Croatian-Peruvians are of mixed ancestry. Actual conversations in
Serbo-Croatian are common only within first generation immigrants. Although Croatian speech in Peru has been
lost, said Europeans have brought heavy influence to this country.   Most Croatian-Peruvians are Roman
Catholic and either completely Croat or of mixed European or mestizo ancestry.

History
The first Croatian immigrants are said to have moved to Peru shortly after independization in 1821, although the
amount of immigrants was minimal, not even reaching two hundred individuals by the 1910's.

However, when World War I broke out, many Yugoslavs, particularily Croatians, had no option but to leave their
country to avoid political turmoil and the violence about to take place with the Serbian campaign in WWI.
Although most refugees disembarked in more opportunistic countries such as the United States, Argentina or
Chile, several immigrants were transported to Peru.

Once again, a heavy wave of Croatian immigration took place once World War II began. This time, however,
an estimate of 2,300 Croatians are recorded to have arrived in Lima. Many settled in the populous Miraflores
district and cultural assimilation was smooth due to similarities in religion and cooperation of the native
residents. Immigrant bachelors often married the local women and settled in Lima. Few are known to have left
Peru to go back to either Croatia or other countries.

Today a little less than 3,000 Peruvians are of Croatian ancestry and most are Peruvian-born; few of the actual
immigrants still remain alive.

Croatian-Peruvians Today
Many Croatian-Peruvian had humble beginnings in Peru, but have progressed greatly from then. Many became
renown in Peru's already successful fishing industry and others were able to obtain steady jobs in other trades.
Croatian cuisine had relative fame in Lima and several Croatian-Peruvians opened their own restaurants, which
served mostly seafood. Alfresco's and Punta Sal are examples of widely known restaurants in Peru founded by
Croatian-Peruvians. Peruvian author Juan José Aiscorbe is of Croatian descent; however, few Croatian-
Peruvians are known in Peru's literary or political circles.

Sofía Mulanovich, a Croatian-Peruvian surfur of huge international fame, is not only a popular figure, but has
even been named the #1 Female Action Sports Athlete by ESPN and won the World Title at the ASP World Tour
in 2004, making her the female surfing World Champion. There are also Pedro Carrión Pavlich - Bishop of Puno,
and Magdalena Pavlich - the scientist; Cesar Bielich-Pomareda (1871-1950) - Minister of the Navy of Peru.

Influence
Croatian-Peruvians are not a widely known ethnic group in Peru, nonetheless their contributions are noted in
everyday life. Most popular among these is the sport of bocce, bochas in English and Spanish, a simple ball
game known all over Europe and very popular in Croatia. Gatherings in the affluent Club Regatas Lima country
club in the Limenian district of Chorrillos became common after bocha alleys were constructed there, and
soon all over the city. Bochas is now a renown sport for Croatians and non-Croatians alike all over Peru.

Croatian cuisine integrated easily with the coastal sea food that is very common in Lima. In Dubrovnik, where
many Croatian-Peruvians hold their origins, sea food is the most popular of meals. Immigrants brought their
traditions to the new country and the creation of new foods was inevitable. Trucha a la yugoslava, roughly
translated from Spanish to Yugoslavian trout, is a well-known platter served in even the most upscale sea food
restaurants of Lima and other coastal cities in Peru. It is a perfect example a food with mixed origins, since trout
is not found in Middeteranian waters, but overwhelming in Peruvian rivers. However, it is cooked in the Croatian
manner, with tomato juices and vinegar.

Marino de Bona (born April 8, 1924 in Dubrovnik, Croatia) is a Croatian World War II survivor. He was born to a
Croatian father of Italian descent and a native Croatian mother.  Two years after the Nazi invasion of
Yugoslavia, de Bona led a wave of Croatian immigrants to the Peruvian capital of Lima.  He was affectionally
nicknamed "Nono" (Venetian for "grandfather") by his followers and helped establish the flourishing Croatian-
Peruvian community of Miraflores, Lima.  [ This article was copied from an article on Wikipedia® ]
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