Brief History of Central America

ISBN-10: 0816073325
ISBN-13: 9780816073320
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Description: Central America is a tiny region, broken into seven even smaller nations. More than 5 million North Americans visit these countries every year, exploring Mayan ruins in Guatemala and Belize, discovering the rain forests of Nicaragua and Costa Rica,  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Publisher: Facts On File, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Central America is a tiny region, broken into seven even smaller nations. More than 5 million North Americans visit these countries every year, exploring Mayan ruins in Guatemala and Belize, discovering the rain forests of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, snorkeling in Honduras, and cruising through the Panama Canal. Written for a general audience, A Brief History of Central America focuses on the political events and cultural patterns that have shaped the region. Special themes, such as the causes of unity and disunity on the isthmus and the economic pressures on the rain forest from farming and tourism, are developed throughout the book. Coverage of the history of the region is up to date with new developments, including the continued struggle in the aftermath of the civil wars, the impact of the free trade agreement signed with the United States, and recent elections.

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Note on Photos
Introduction
The Land and Its First Peoples
The Mayans and Their Neighbors
The Spanish Conquest (1492-1541)
Founding of the Kingdom of Guatemala (1541-1570)
Life in the Colony
The Bourbons and Independence (1700-1823)
The Federation of Central America (1823-1839)
Conservatives and Foreign Profiteers (1840-1870)
The Making of the Coffee Republics (1870-1900)
Dollar "Diplomacy" and the Dictators (1898-1944)
Challenge to the Old Order (1944-1975)
Civil Wars (1975-1996)
The Challenge of Peace and Democracy
Appendixes
Guatemala: Basic Facts
El Salvador: Basic Facts
Honduras: Basic Facts
Nicaragua: Basic Facts
Costa Rica: Basic Facts
Panama: Basic Facts
Belize: Basic Facts
Chronology
Bibliographic Sources
Suggested Reading
Index

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