Rainbow Countries of Central America

Rainbow Countries of Central America

Rainbow Countries of Central America

Rainbow Countries of Central America

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Few travelers find their way to the rainbow countries of Central America. Few books have been written about them. Yet they are the most accessible, in time and comfort, of all the unspoiled lands of the world. They are, too, countries where destiny, today, sits on national doorsteps, while tomorrow seems sure to see them not only the goal of tourists, but also centres of new and startling political and commercial development. They have outgrown in slow yet charming years the era of Spanish colonial ease and wealth, and have forgotten, but for superb monuments hidden in their jungles, the time when one of the greatest Indian empires and cultures of old time thrived there.

The Indian life of native village and modern plantation, and the heritages of mediæval Spain that survive everywhere, form a background of strange scenes and colorful customs as fascinating as anything in Cambodia or Peru. Along the highways that time and race have set for them, the Central American countries are making the long, painful trek toward democracy and economic independence. Nationally and individually they are gentle and very wise; but at the same . . .

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