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Central America as a Region

Luis Roniger

in Transnational Politics in Central America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036632
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038834 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036632.003.0003
Central America as a Region

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This chapter presents a general background of the Central American isthmus, identifying the early geographic and demographic factors shaping low levels of integration affecting the progressive formation of distinct territorial domains within the region. One of the defining traits of Central America as a region is its location between North and South America and between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Whether serving the Spanish delivery of silver and trade in colonial times or reflecting the drives of smugglers, pirates, and European powers willing to take hold of land to build a trans-isthmian corridor to the Pacific, whether facilitating the move of individuals from the U.S. east coast to California during the gold rush or the U.S. initiative to build a fluvial canal—the region fell victim or capitalized on its strategic location as a hub of international transportation.

Keywords: Central American isthmus; North and South America; Caribbean Sea; Pacific Ocean; California

Chapter.  2413 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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