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Chichicastenango

(Encyclopedia) Chichicastenango chē˝chēkästānäng´gō [key], town, SW Guatemala. In the heart of the highlands, Chichicastenango was a trading town in ancient times. It became the…

Popol Vuh

(Encyclopedia) Popol Vuh pōpōl´ vo͞o´ [key] [Quiché,=collection of the council], sacred book of the Quiché . The most important document of the cosmogony, religion, mythology,…

Benalcázar, Sebastián de

(Encyclopedia) Benalcázar or Belalcázar, Sebastián de sābästyän´ dā bānälkä´thär, bāläl– [key], c.1479–1551, Spanish conquistador. After accompanying Columbus on his third…

Alvarado, Pedro de

(Encyclopedia) Alvarado, Pedro de pā´ᵺrō dā älvärä´ᵺō [key], 1486–1541, Spanish conquistador. He went to Hispaniola (1510), sailed in the expedition (1518) of Juan de Grijalva, and was…

El Salvador Department of State Background

U.S. Department of State Background Note El Salvador   An indigenous woman creates a flower arrangement for a celebration, Panchimalco, El Salvador, May 6, 2007. [© AP Images]     PROFILE…

Guatemala Department of State Background

U.S. Department of State Background Note Guatemala Index: People History Government Political Conditions Economy Foreign Relations U.S.-Guatemalan Relations PEOPLE More than half of…