Alta Verapaz

Frae Wikipedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Alta Verapaz
Coat o airms o Alta Verapaz
Coat o airms
Alta Verapaz
Alta Verapaz
Coordinates: 15°30′N 90°20′W / 15.500°N 90.333°W / 15.500; -90.333
Kintra Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Depairtment Alta Verapaz
Caipital Cobán
Municipalities 16
 • Teep Depairtmental
 • Govrenor Dominga Tecúm Camil
 • Depairtment 8,686 km2 (3,354 sq mi)
Heichest elevation 2,800 m (9,200 ft)
Lawest elevation 300 m (1,000 ft)
Population (Census 2002)[1]
 • Depairtment 776,246
 • Urban 163,012
 • Ethnicities Q'eqchi', poqomchi', Ladino
 • Religions Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Maya
Time zone -6

Alta Verapaz is a depairtment in the north central pairt o Guatemala. The caipital an chief ceety o the depairtment is Cobán. Verapaz is bordered tae the north bi El Petén, tae the east bi Izabal, tae the sooth bi Zacapa, El Progreso, an Baja Verapaz, an tae the wast bi El Quiché.

An aw in Alta Verapaz are the touns o Chisec, San Pedro Carchá an San Cristóbal Verapaz.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

In Pre-Columbie times this aurie wis pairt o the Maya ceevilization. When the Spainyie Conquistadores came in the 1520s thay conquered the central an soothren heichlands o Guatemala, but wur driven back frae this region bi fierce native resistance. Spainyie friars asked the unsuspicious natives for a chance tae "peacefully" convert the land tae Christianity, which thay succeeded in, giein the aurie the name "Verapaz" meanin "True Peace" syne it wis sae cunningly brocht tae Christianity an control o the keeng o Spain athoot warfare. In the 19t century this became an important coffee producin region.

As a result o the Mexican Drog War, the Los Zetas drog cartel members owerteuk hintle o the depairtment an occupee'd mony touns in December 2010. The Guatemalan govrenment declared a state o siege on December 19 tae reclaim the depairtment, allouin the militar an polis forces tae sairch an reest ony suspects athout a warrant, an at least saxteen biggins wur searched.[2][3]

Municipalities[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Chahal
  2. Chisec
  3. Cobán
  4. Fray Bartolomé de las Casas
  5. Lanquín
  6. Panzós
  7. Raxruha
  8. San Cristóbal Verapaz
  9. San Juan Chamelco
  10. San Pedro Carchá
  11. Santa Cruz Verapaz
  12. Santa María Cahabón
  13. Senahú
  14. Tactic
  15. Tamahú
  16. Tucurú
  17. Santa Catalina la Tinta

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "XI Censo Nacional de Poblacion y VI de Habitación (Censo 2002)". INE. 2002. 
  2. Wire Staff, the CNN (December 20, 2010). "Guatemalan government declares siege to fend off drug gang". Cable News Network. Archived frae the oreeginal on 19 January 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  3. AP, Google (December 19, 2010). "Guatemalan military seizes drug-plagued province". The Associated Press. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 

Freemit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]