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By Lynn V. Foster

ISBN-10: 081606671X

ISBN-13: 9780816066711

ISBN-10: 1438108230

ISBN-13: 9781438108230

A short heritage of relevant the USA, moment version explores the historical past of the relevant American isthmus from the pre-Columbian cultures to the modern countries that make up the sector at the present time: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. This moment version brings the historical past of the area modern with new advancements, together with contemporary elections, the ongoing fight with the aftermath of the civil wars, and the impression of the unfastened alternate contract signed with the us in 2003/2004.

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Its brilliance and color associated it with the sun god cult: in fact, a 36-pound gold Aztec sun disk was taken by the conquistadores to the Spanish court and marveled upon by European artists, among them Albrecht Dürer. ) from Costa Rica, with a bifurcated tongue ending in mythological serpent variety of metallurgical techheads. In the Collection of the Banco Central niques, including lost-wax de Costa Rica. ) was made in the lower isthmus. And metallurgical techniques were copied in various parts of Mexico and resulted in that country’s finest gold work: the lost-wax pendants of Oaxaca.

Pearls from the Gulf of Nicoya and cacao from the fertile coast added to the region’s attraction as a trade center. The lower isthmus, more aloof from Mesoamerica than its northern counterparts, had many highly valued commodities: gold, pendants of semiprecious stones, such as agate and opal, and spondylus shells harvested from the bottom of the Caribbean Sea by divers. 37 A BRIEF HISTORY OF CENTRAL AMERICA Trade Routes As a result of the isthmus’s valuable resources, many separate trade routes developed there.

Some- Shamanism and Rulership . . thou [an Aztec emperor] speakest in a strange tongue to the god, the lord of the near, of the high . . he is within thee; he speaketh forth from thy mouth. Thou art his lips . . Fray Bernandino de Sahagún (1950–82, Book 10), 16th century The captain flew like an eagle, he was a great nobleman and a great sorcerer . . Quiché Mayan document, 16th century (Burkhart and Gasco 1996, 151) B ased on studies of Olmec art, archaeologists believe the earliest Mesoamerican rulers achieved their authority not just by controlling trade and rich agricultural lands, but also by claiming supernatural powers.

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