Wednesday, January 25, 2006


We talk about Guatemala a lot in blog because that is where Isabella is living. But what do we know about the county? Here are some interesting facts:

The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the conflict, which had left more than 100,000 people dead and had created some 1 million refugees.

Location: Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico, and bordering the Gulf of Honduras (Caribbean Sea) between Honduras and Belize

Comparative area: slightly smaller than Tennessee

Climate: tropical; hot, humid in lowlands; cooler in highlands

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