Ending the reign in Spain
Most Central America nations gained independence from Spain 199 years ago today.
The Act of Independence was signed in Guatemala City, liberating today’s Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Costa Rica. These five countries were one nation at the time, called Federal Republic of Central America, before it dissolved 20 years later into the smaller countries.
The first nation in the Americas to gain independence from European rule was the USA.
Here is John Tallis’s map of much of Central America from 1851. In typical Tallis fashion, this map includes vignettes of daily life and local sights, like the volcano shown.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.