By Lynn V. Foster

ISBN-10: 081606671X

ISBN-13: 9780816066711

ISBN-10: 1438108230

ISBN-13: 9781438108230

A quick heritage of vital the USA, moment variation explores the heritage of the critical American isthmus from the pre-Columbian cultures to the modern international locations that make up the area at the present time: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. This moment version brings the background of the zone modern with new advancements, together with contemporary elections, the continuing fight with the aftermath of the civil wars, and the influence of the unfastened alternate contract signed with the us in 2003/2004.

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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. The lower Central American chiefdoms participated in and shared much of the culture of their neighbors in both northern South America and Mesoamerica. , and perhaps much earlier, in Peru and Colombia. It took a millennium for metallurgy to reach Panama and Costa Rica, a surprisingly long time given that Colombia and Panama share a border.

And far from contemplating matters removed from earthly concerns, Mayan rulers built great palaces, accumulated considerable wealth for themselves, and not only claimed their divine right to rule, but also their personal divinity. The ongoing decipherments have opened an unexpected window onto the ancient Mayan world. Writings on public monuments declare the names of rulers, such as K´inch-Janab´-Pakal (or “Great-Sun-Shield”), and 31 A BRIEF HISTORY OF CENTRAL AMERICA Sak K´uk (“White-Quetzal”), his mother who ruled before him at Palenque and one of several female rulers now identified in Mayan politics.

Only the most valuable sacrifice, that of human beings, would properly honor the gods. The Mesoamerican belief in such a grim reality led to human sacrifices, particularly of war captives, as well as to painful acts of self-sacrifice—some Aztec priests could barely speak because their tongues were so swollen from piercing them with thorns. 22 THE LAND AND ITS FIRST PEOPLES In contrast to such brutal practices, the poetry and songs of the Mesoamericans express another side of their humanity: My heart finally understands; for I now hear a song, I wonder at a flower which will not wilt.

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