By George Lovell
Exposes the colonial roots of difficulties on the center of Guatemala's ongoing political crises George Lovell's vintage paintings, established totally on unpublished archival resources, examines the effect of Spanish rule at the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, an remoted sector of Guatemala working alongside the country's north-western border with Mexico. even if Spanish imperialism left its mark, Lovell unearths that the colourful Maya tradition present in the Cuchumatan highlands was once no longer obliterated and, even though less than significant rigidity, endures to today.
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Tierra templada or "temperate land": This zone ranges from eight hundred to around fifteen hundred metres in elevation and has mean annual temperatures of 18°C to 23°C. It is characterized by the Physical and Human Geography 21 gum-producing liquidamber tree and is capable of supporting coffee and sugar cane. Wheat can also be cultivated in the upper reaches of this zone. 3. Tierra fria or "cold land" (plate 3): This zone ranges from fifteen hundred to slightly over three thousand metres in elevation and has mean annual temperatures of 15°C to 17°C, with occasional sub-zero temperatures and resultant frosts.
In addition to the cultivation of corn there is a notable specialization at the township level in certain grains, fruits, and vegetables. Wheat is an important cash crop in San Juan Ixcoy, Santa Eulalia, San Mateo Ixtat£n, and Soloma, with the finest quality grain coming from San Miguel Acatein and San Sebastian Coatan. Aguacatan is noted for its garlic and onions, 26 Conquest and Survival Huehuetenango for its peaches, and Todos Santos for its apples. The communities of San Pedro Necta, Colotenango, and Cuilco are famed for their oranges.
H. Anderson, "Geology of the San Sebastian Huehuetenango Quadrangle") Physical and Human Geography 19 The predominant tectonic grain of Guatemala trends approximately west to east across the country and is characterized by a series of parallel ridges and valleys belonging to the Central American Mountain System. Two great fault zones, occupied by deep and impressive valleys, traverse Guatemala as arcs gently convex to the south. 5 The precise age of the Bartlett Fault system is an issue of some controversy among geologists, but it may date from Miocene or Pliocene times and has been subject to much vertical and lateral displacement since then.