Guatemala

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Guatemala
capital:Guatemala
geographic coordinates:14 37 N, 90 31 W
time difference: UTC - 6
daylight saving time:+1hr, begins last Sunday in April; ends last Friday in September; note - there is no DST planned for 2007-2009

The Mayan civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the conflict, which had left more than 100,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, some 1 million refugees.


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