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Motagua (mōtäˈgwä) [key], river, c.250 mi (400 km) long, rising in S central Guatemala and flowing NE to the Gulf of Honduras. The longest river within Guatemala, it waters a valley where hemp and bananas are raised. The trans-Guatamala railroad follows the valley.

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