Sep 15, 2011

Google Doodle for Independence Day of Guatemala

Google Doodle - Sep 15, 2011

Guatemala is a country in Central America. Its area is 108,890 km² (42,043 mi²) with an estimated population of 13,276,517.

Guatemala, along with the current regions of Chiapas, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Honduras, all became independent from Spain in 1821, joining the Mexican Empire. After it became an independent country in its own right, it was ruled by a series of dictators, assisted by the United Fruit Company. The late 20th century saw Guatemala embroiled in a 36-year-long civil war. Following the war, Guatemala has witnessed successive democratic elections, most recently in 2007.

Due to the instability caused by the long war, Guatemala is one of the poorest nations in Latin America and has the lowest median age of any country in the Western Hemisphere.

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