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Guatemala

Guatemala

The stronghold of the Mayan Empire, Guatemala is a land shaped by ancient civilizations, earthquakes, volcanoes and at times violence. In 1954, the democratic government was overthrown, leaving the country unstable and resulting in the disappearance of tens of thousands of people in the last 50 years.

Industries include bananas, coffee, textiles, and sugar, although the elite population owns the best farmland. Guatemalans speak at least one of 20 dialects and are known for their vibrant, colorful clothing.