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July 1996 Issue
The Geographical Review
July 1996, 86(3), pp. 408-413.
The Spanish Province of San Salvador in the MidSixteenth Century
San Salvador of the sixteenth century, including much of what are today El Salvador and Guatemala, maintained trade routes that predated any Spanish presence. It was the legacy of the Olmecs, Chorotegans, Cotzumalhuapans, Nicarao, and Pipiles that formed the early basic for exchange and politicalstructure in modern Central America. The roots of this exchange are analyzed, along with some of the many cultural innovations that proved to be of significance in later years.
Keywords: aboriginal populations, Central America, Latin American geography.