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South America Placemat
Central America
Placemat




CALENDAR

Spanish Living Language Calendars
Spanish Living Language Calendars



BOOKS ABOUT GUATEMALA

Guatemala Map
Guatemala Map


Time Among the Maya: Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico
Time Among
the Maya: Travels in Belize, Guatemala,
and Mexico


Abuela's Weave
Abuela's Weave


The Most Beautiful Place in the World
The Most Beautiful Place in the World


Organic Guatemala Atitlan Coffee Fair Trade Certified
Organic Guatemala Atitlan Coffee
Fair Trade Certified


Let's Go Central America
Let's Go
Central America

Central America Map
Central
America Map


Central America: A Nation Divided
Central America:
A Nation Divided


Geography: Realms, Regions and Concepts
Geography: Realms, Regions and Concepts

Spanish Language
Teaching Posters
Hispanics & Latinos posters

GAP Adventures

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Teacher's Best - The Creative Process


Guatemala & Guatemalan Culture Posters, Prints, Charts, & Maps
curriculum enrichment resources for classrooms.


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Map of Guatemala, Central America, Photographic Print
Map of Guatemala, Central America, Photographic Print

(19º1'20"N 98º37'40"W)

Guatemala Flag
Guatemala Flag

Archeological Map of Middle America, Land of the Feathered Serpent, Print
Archeological Map of Middle America, Land of the Feathered Serpent, Poster

The Republic of Guatemala is located in Central America, bordering the the Gulf of Honduras (Caribbean Sea) between Honduras and Belize, and the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico.

Guatemala City, Guatemala, Central America, Photographic Print
Guatemala City, Guatemala,
Central America, Photographic Print

(14º36'48"N 90º32'7"W)

Guatemala is mostly mountains, has narrow coastal plains, and a rolling limestone plateau. The climate of Guatemala is tropical - hot and humid in the lowlands and cooler in the highlands. Like other Central American countries Guatemala is susceptible to hurricanes, volcanic eruptions and violent earthquakes.

Guatemala City, is the capital of Guatemala, replacing the old capital of Antigua that was destroyed by the Santa Marta earthquakes of 1773. Earthquakes in 1917/18, 1976, and 2010; and the nearby volcano Pacaya, threaten the citizens of Guatemala City.

Guatemala and the surrounding area were home to the Maya for almost 2000 years before the arrival of the Spanish in the the early 1500s. Guatemala won independence from Spain in 1821, was briefly part of Mexico, and then a member of the United States of Central America federation that was destroyed by civil war. Guatemala has had a variety of military and civilian governments as well as a 36-year guerrilla war during the second half of the 20th century. With more than 100,000 people dead, and some 1 million refugees, the government signed a peace agreement in 1996.

One of the most notable archeological sites in the Americas, the ancient Mayan city of Kaminaljuyu, has been surrounded by the growth of Guatemala City.


Central America Map
Central America Map
National Geo. 1986

Guatemala - Nearly half the inhabitants of Central America's most populous country are directly descended from the Maya whose fabled civilization flourished here in pre-Columbian times. In the shadow of the skyscrapers on Guatemala City – Central America's largest urban center – Indian farmers tend the land following the traditions of centuries. This rural population is sharply divided from relatively prosperous city dewllers by economic and cultural barriers. With little hope of owning land and seeking to escape the continuing political violence, more than 40,000 Guatemalans have fled north into Mexico. Elections held in 1985 promise the diminishing of Guatemala's powerful military rule. (Text and statistics as of 1986.)


Maya Mural, San Bartolo, Guatemala, Photograpic Print
Maya Mural, San Bartolo, Guatemala,
Photograpic Print

Temple of the Grand Jaguar on the Great Plaza, Tikal, Guatemala, Photograpic Print
Temple of the Grand Jaguar on the Great Plaza, Tikal, Guatemala,
Photograpic Print

(17º13'20"N 89º37'25"W)

Mayan vessel, Nebaj, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, AD700-800, Central America, Photograpic Print
Mayan vessel,
Nebaj, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala,
AD700-800,
Photograpic Print

Mayan Stela J, Dating from 756 AD, Quirigua, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Guatemala, Central America, Photograpic Print
Mayan Stela J,
Dating from 756 AD, Quirigua, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Guatemala
Photograpic Print

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Lake Atitlan, 320M Deep and Ringed by Three Volcanoes, Guatemala, Central America, Photographic Print
Lake Atitlan, Ringed by Three Volcanoes, Guatemala, Central America,
Photographic Print

(14º42'0"N 91º12'0"W)

Fisherman, Agua and Pacaya Volcanoes in the Background, Monterrico, Pacific Coast, Guatemala, Photographic Print
Fisherman with Agua and Pacaya Volcanoes, Monterrico, Pacific Coast, Guatemala,
Photographic Print

Corn Grows Around Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, Central America, Photographic Print
Corn Grows Around Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, Central America,
Photographic Print

Antigua City and Water Volcano, Sacatepequez, Guatemala, Photographic Print
Antigua City and Water Volcano, Sacatepequez, Guatemala,
Photographic Print

Aldous Huxley called Lago de Atitlán one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. A 7.5 earthquake in 1976 created a fracture in the lake bed that caused the water level to drop two meters in one month; 26,000 people died in the earthquake. An eruption and earthquake in September 1541 killed Beatriz de la Gueva de Ubeda, the Spanish govenor of Guatemala who had succeed her husband Pedro de Alvarado.

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lakes posters


Cityscape of Guatemala's Second Largest City, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, Photographic Print
Cityscape of Guatemala's Second Largest City, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala,
Photographic Print

The 16th Century Decorated Church Of San Andres Xecul, Totonicapan, Guatemala, Photographic Print
The 16th Century Decorated Church of San Andres Xecul, Totonicapan, Guatemala,
Photographic Print

Fruit and Vegetable Stalls at Sunday Market, Chichicastenango, Guatemala,, Photographic Print
Fruit and Vegetable Stalls at Sunday Market, Chichicastenango, Guatemala,
Photographic Print

(14º56'0"N 91º7'0"W)

Mother and Baby in Crowd, Zunil, Guatemala, Photographic Print
Mother and Baby in Crowd, Zunil, Guatemala,
Photographic Print

Castillo de San Felipe, Lago de Izabal, Guatemala, Central America, Photographic Print
Castillo de San Felipe, Lago de Izabal, Guatemala, Central America,
Photographic Print

Street Performance of Palapas, Jaranas and Music, Flores, El Peten, Guatemala, Photographic Print
Street Performance of Palapas, Jaranas and Music, Flores, El Peten, Guatemala,
Photographic Print

A huipil is a tunic / blouse made from rectangular strips of cloth joined together. The huipil has been worn since by indigenous women in southern Mexico and northern Central America since ancient Mayan times.

Traditional Huipil, Textile Museum, Casa del Tejido, Antigua, Guatemala, Photographic Print
Traditional Huipil, Textile Museum, Casa del Tejido, Antigua, Guatemala,
Photographic Print

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Jacobo Arbenz Guzman, Photographic Print
Jacobo Arbenz Guzman, Photographic Print

Jacobo Arbenz Guzman

Guzman (1913–1971) was president of Guatemala from 1951 to 1954, when he was ousted in a coup d'état organized by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, known as Operation PBSUCCESS, and was replaced by a military junta headed by Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas.


Ancient Civilizations - Ancient Maya Wall Poster
The Maya,
Poster

The Maya
(500 B.C. – 900 A.D.)
The Maya Indians built one of the world's most remarkable civilizations in the jungles of Central America. Like the ancient Greeks, who civilization was nearing its peak just as the Maya appeared, the Maya are known for their fabulous temples, and for their amazing knowledge of math and science. The Maya were the only Indians in America to develop a written language. Today, people come from all over the world to view the crumbling ruins of their once-great cities. ... • more Ancient Civilizations posters

Artwork depicts the Temple of the Inscriptions at Palenque, statue of the Maya leader Lord Pacal, and the Mayan calendar.

• more Maya posters
Your Travel Guide to Ancient Mayan Civilization


Miguel Angel Asturias, Guatemalan Writer, Giclee Print
Miguel Angel Asturias,
Giclee Print

Miguel Ángel Asturias
b. 10-19-1899; Guatemala City, Guatemala
d. 6-9-1974; Madrid, Spain

Poet, novelist, diplomat, and social reformer Miguel Ángel Asturias was awarded the 1967 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his vivid literary achievement, deep-rooted in the national traits and traditions of Indian peoples of Latin America.”

Miquel Angel Asturias quote ~
• “Rise and demand; you are a burning flame.
You are sure to conquer there where the final horizon
Becomes a drop of blood, a drop of life,
Where you will carry the universe on your shoulders,
Where the universe will bear your hope.”

The Mirror of Lida Sal: Tales Based on Mayan Myths and Guatemalan Legends


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