"They were Mennonites making their way north with a young girl to seek medical help"
Old Mennonite couple, by Marjory Collins (1942)
Public DomainOld Mennonite couple, by Marjory Collins (1942) - Credit: Library of Congress

The Mennonites are a group of Christian Anabaptist denomination, originating from the Dutch and German-speaking regions of central Europe.

In 1922 Mexican President Álvaro Obregón invited Mennonites, fleeing from perceived persecution in Manitoba, Canada, to settle in the northern regions of the country. He offered them cheap land and freedom from taxation for 100 years as long as the Mennonites agreed to supply cheese (now called Queso menonita) for northern Mexico.

There are 80,000 Mennonites presently living in Mexico, particularly in the states of Chihuauhua and Durango.


The Mennonites' historical dedication to pacifism makes their appearance something of an anomaly in the blood-drenched lands of McCarthy's borderlands.