Intriguing Geographical and Historical facts about Central America

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Do you want to explore more of central and South America? I do too. Before knowing a place you are supposed to understand and acquire knowledge about that place so that exploration doesn’t bring you any unpleasant surprises.

So today I am going to narrow down a few factors on central America that should be helpful to you in the process of going on a trip or even trying to decide whether or not your teenage girl should make that trip with her friends.

  • To begin with there are all seven countries in Central America. Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Panama. The whole region comes with a massive population of over 410 million people.
  • Central America is better understood to people in terms of political geography as a region which has resided between Colombia and Mexico.
  • Central America has an area of about 540,000 km², with a width ranging from about 560 km to about 50 km between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
  • A good three-fifth of the population of Central America is of mixed heritage. There is European and Mayan culture mixed in the descendants of the area.
  • A funny notion or geographically interesting you may call it. There is no spot in Central America which is more than 125 miles in distance from the ocean. You can try any spot. I bet ya!
  • The region holds 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in total in Central America, all of these places represent every country in the Central American These sites are as follows – Islands, ancient ruins, Spanish colonial cities, national parks, as well as places like the Antigua Guatemala, Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, Cocos Island National Park in Costa Rica, and Joya de Cerén in El Salvador.
  • Central America is associated with North America even though it is a region which is called Isthmus. A strip of land which connects two bigger landmasses over water body (in this case the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean).
  • Central America is an extremely volcanic region. Many a time the population has been faced with situations where volcanic eruptions have taken numerous lives who live in the region.
  • This one is one of the more interesting facts for the history geeks. Christopher Columbus first set foot on the American mainland at Puerto Castilla, near Trujillo, Honduras. Moreover, Columbus also traveled around the Atlantic coasts of Nicaragua, Costa Rica as well as Panama.
  • Not everyone in America speaks English. There are a number of people who speak in many other languages; some of them come under the endangered category, such as the El Salvadoran Pipil language, a language descended from the Nahuatl language group.
  • Have you heard of the Punta music? It has originated in the Central American region.
  • El Salvador is the smallest country in the strip of land called Central America. The whole region of Central America is often times referred to as the sub-continent of the Americas.

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