My sister Jerrica and I decided to read the Wikipedia page for one country each day. Day 1 was Guatemala. You've never seen so many coups. A few randomly chosen facts:
Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, and Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast. Its area is 108,890 km² (42,043 mi²) with an estimated population of 13,276,517.
The first evidence of human settlers in Guatemala goes back to at least 12,000 BC. There is evidence that may put this date as early as 18,000 BC, such as obsidian arrow heads found in various parts of the country.
The current average age in Guatemala is 19.4 years old, 18.9 for males and 20 years for females.
More than 450 Mayan villages were destroyed and over 1 million people became displaced within Guatemala or refugees. Over 200,000 people, mostly Mayan, were killed during the civil war, which ended in 1996.
For more Check out the Wikipedia Page and secondary sources.
- Guatemala Map Search with Longitude and Latitude
- Government of Guatemala
entry at The World Factbook
- Wikimedia Atlas of Guatemala