The History of Ecuador

The History of Ecuador

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Ecuador is a nation of over 13 million people, its area between that of the states of Wyoming and Colorado. Like the United States, Ecuador's government features a democratically elected President serving for a four-year term. The Galápagos Islands, well known as the birthplace of Darwin's Theory of Evolution, are part of a province of Ecuador.

The History of Ecuador focuses primarily on the political history of Ecuador and how these past events impact the nation today. This text examines the traditions established by Ecuador's great caudillos (strong men) such as Juan José Flores, Gabriel García Moreno, and Eloy Alfaro, and documents the attempts of liberal leaders to modernize Ecuador by following the example of the United States. This book also discusses three economic booms in Ecuador's history: the Cacao Boom 1890–1914; the Banana Boom 1948–1960; and the Oil Boom 1972–1992.

This handbook provides an unmatched, comprehensive political history of Ecuador written in English.

This handbook provides an unmatched, comprehensive political history of Ecuador written in English.

• Presents biographical sketches of prominent figures in Ecuador's history

• Contains a chronology of the major events in Ecuador's political, economic, social, and cultural history

• Includes maps showing Ecuador as part of South America and displaying Ecuador's territorial disputes with Peru and Colombia

• Bibliography includes significant books on Ecuadorian history, economics, and current politics

• Glossary defines Spanish and Ecuadorian terms

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For students and general readers, Lauderbaugh (history, Jacksonville State U.) details the political history of Ecuador and the impact of specific events on the country today. He includes introductory information on Ecuador's cultural, economic, and social history, as well as its geography, people, and religion, then details its indigenous and colonial past, from pre-Columbian civilizations and the Inca conquest to the Spanish colonial period; independence and the early republic; conservative modernization from 1860-1895; various leaders, such as Gabriel García Moreno, José de Veintemilla, José María Velasco Ibarra, and Elroy Alfaro; revolution, reform, and war from 1925-1948; the Liberal Revolution of 1895; periods of political stability; the Citizen's Revolution; and various economic booms: the Cacao Boom, Banana Boom, and Oil Boom. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Profiles the South American nation, discussing its colonial roots and the political movements that have occurred throughout its history, its economic booms, foreign relations, and the characteristics of its people.

Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood, 2012
ISBN: 9780313362514
Characteristics: xxvi, 189 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm


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