Rainbow Countries of Central America

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CHAPTER V SALVADOR -- GREEN VALLEYS

SALVADOR,1 like its place in the symbolic rainbow of Central America, is almost eternal green. Salvador is tiny, and is clasped in a cup formed by Honduras and Guatemala, yet in many ways it is peculiarly isolated and unique. And in none more than in this endless green of its landscape. Even in the months when its neighbors accept the brown raiment of their annual drought, Salvador is as green as a salt marsh in an autumn landscape of the north. So exotic is the contrast that, to the traveler from Honduras or Nicaragua, Salvador suggests from the first more the semblance of late August in some temperate-zone farming country than the tropics at their season of rest. It is as if it were a pocket of New England hills that had been lifted up bodily on a summer day, and set down here in the tropics to bloom on, unchanging, through the endless noon.

Nature has been prodigal throughout all Central America, but nowhere in all the countries has she poured forth so much richness in so small an area. Salvador

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The usual Anglicized form is this, but officially the name of the country is "El Salvador." The name of the capital city is "San Salvador" always.

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