A Brief History of Central America

A Brief History of Central America

by Lynn V. Foster
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0816073325

ISBN-13: 9780816073320

Pub. Date: 10/28/2007

Publisher: Checkmark Books

Central America is a small region, broken into seven even smaller nations. Yet, more than 5 million North Americans visit these countries annually, 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. A Brief History of Central America explores the

Overview

Central America is a small region, broken into seven even smaller nations. Yet, more than 5 million North Americans visit these countries annually, 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. A Brief History of Central America explores the history of the Central American isthmus from early pre-Columbian cultures to the contemporary nations that make up the region today: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Written for a general audience, the history focuses on seminal events and broad 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 also includes: The Land and Its First Peoples, The Spanish Conquest, Life in the Colony, The Federation of Central America, The Making of the Coffee Republics, Challenge to the Old Order, Civil Wars, The Challenge of Peace and Democracy. Basic facts, a chronology, a bibliography, and a list of suggested reading make up the appendixes.

About the Author:
Lynn V. Foster is a writer and former research scholar and an adjunct faculty member in the Hispanic Studies Department of the University of Massachusetts in Boston

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816073320
Publisher:
Checkmark Books
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Series:
Facts on File Brief History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
738,553
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     v
List of Maps     vi
List of Tables     vii
Preface     viii
Acknowledgments     ix
Note on Photos     x
Introduction     xi
The Land and Its First Peoples     1
The Mayans and Their Neighbors     24
The Spanish Conquest (1492-1541)     45
Founding of the Kingdom of Guatemala (1541-1570)     68
Life in the Colony     90
The Bourbons and Independence (1700-1823)     120
The Federation of Central America (1823-1839)     134
Conservatives and Foreign Profiteers (1840-1870)     152
The Making of the Coffee Republics (1870-1900)     170
Dollar "Diplomacy" and the Dictators (1898-1944)     186
Challenge to the Old Order (1944-1975)     205
Civil Wars (1975-1996)     225
The Challenge of Peace and Democracy     255
Appendixes
Guatemala: Basic Facts     285
El Salvador: Basic Facts     287
Honduras: Basic Facts     289
Nicaragua: Basic Facts     291
Costa Rica: Basic Facts     293
Panama: Basic Facts     295
Belize: Basic Facts     297
Chronology     299
Bibliographic Sources     306
Suggested Reading     313
Index     325

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