FUN WITH MAPS – ISSUE 2022-165 DAILY FEATURE:

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (September 15, 2022) – In Issue 2022-165 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, keeping the party going. . . and going.

CENTRAL AMERICA IS PARTYING TODAY

Today marks the 201st anniversary of independence from Spain for much of Central America.  A few days ago, a torch was lit in Guatemala and is making its way through the other countries celebrating today – El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and ending in Costa Rica.

These countries, at the time of their independence, formed the United Provinces of Central America.

With Belize and Panama, they make up the bridge that connects North and South America.

Unlike the US, independence celebrations actually take the whole month of September, but the hand-to-hand passing of the torch through the countries and at the borders is the most symbolic.

Nicaragua holds a huge band competition; Costa Rica has a lantern parade; Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador focus on the youth of the countries.  And, of course, celebratory food, fireworks, and parades are everywhere.

Here is a British map of most of Central America from 1842.

Central America – 1842 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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