By Christopher M. White
Suffering from political instability, fiscal hardships, and massacres of blameless males, ladies, and kids, El Salvador has fought for freedom through the centuries. No different reference resource captures the soreness and adversities this ever-evolving nation has confronted. El Salvador's tumultuous historical past and up to date previous are essentially documented during this accomplished quantity, filling a void on highschool and public library cabinets. This paintings bargains the most up-tp-date assurance in this tiny Latin American nation's struggles, protecting from the pre-Columbian period to economics and politics within the twenty first Century. entire with interviews and money owed from former rebels and guerillas and different sufferers of the country's fight for freedom, this quantity highlights a distinct account of El Salvador's past-the viewpoints from the civilians who lived via it. scholars will locate The background of El Salvador to be a useful resource for social reports, historical past, present occasions, and political technological know-how sessions.
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Gun stores are abundant and men are often seen walking with an unconcealed weapon on the street. My hotel in San Miguel sat next to a gun store with the name “El Francotirador,” which translates into “The Sniper” or “The Sharpshooter” and citizens are allowed to carry firearms in public, presumably for self defense. In recent years, robberies of tourists have increased, according to the State Department. The history of the Maras is an example of the inescapable web connecting Central America and the United States.
The nation’s tallest volcano is the Volcan de Santa Ana (7,812 feet) and another prominent volcano is the Volcan Izalco (6,396 feet). Although not a volcano, El Salvador’s tallest peak of Cerro El Pital rests within the northern mountain range of the Sierra Madre and stands nearly 9,000 feet above sea level. The southern mountain range is actually less continuous than the north as it is composed primarily of volcanoes. El Salvador is also the only Central American nation without a Caribbean coastline, limited as it is to the Pacific.
D. in small numbers. ). It is believed by many that the beginning of the Pipil era of dominance in El Salvador began in the year 1054 when a Toltec prince supposedly led the Pipils to conquer the local Maya known as the Chortí. The Chortí then moved north into the mountainous zones of Chalatenango, Tequechonchongo, and Chicongueza, among other places. The Pipil soon founded the prominent cities of Izalcos and Cuscatlán, which are still well known for their indigenous traditions today. The former Pipil territory of western El Salvador to the south and west of the Lempa River was known as Cuscatlán.