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by Elizabeth Bell
Who signed Guatemala's
Declaration of Independence?
n reviewing my ancestry, I found
that my great-great-great-great-great
grandfather, John Witherspoon (New
Jersey), signed the Declaration of In-
dependence of the United States. Perhaps
that is why I became more interested in who
signed the Declaration of Independence of
Guatemala on September 15, 1821.
The 18th century brought rising commerce
and an emerging merchant community in
Guatemala. The Free Trade Act of 1778 au-
thorized new merchant guides (consulados
de comercio) with their own courts. These
later became the principal builders of roads,
bridges and ports until 1871. The Crown-
appointed superintendents for Honduras, El
Salvador, Nicaragua and Chiapas, and Gua-
temala remained under the direct adminis-
tration of the Captain General in the capital.
The 1773 earthquake, which triggered mov-
ing the capital from what is now La Antigua
Guatemala to Guatemala City, also had its
economic and political consequences, not to
mention the changes in the cochineal mar-
ket, causing financial hardship. Other chang-
es came with the Economic Society (Sociedad
Econdmica) of Guatemala. Founded in 1795,
it promoted "ways to improve the economy,
the arts, education, and industry. It support-
ed the new newspaper, Gazeta de Guatemala,
and sponsored classes in political economy."
(See A Short History of Guatemala by Ralph
Lee Woodward, Jr.)
The 19th century brought more change.
The promulgation of the Constitution of
1812 by the Cortes of Cadiz restored the
Economic Society and created three legisla-
tive councils: Guatemala, Le6n (Nicaragua)
and Ciudad Real (Chiapas). New 1816
taxes imposed by Spain-after heavy rains
-were not welcomed. By 1820, free trade
became a leading issue.
By now, the Spanish Empire was no long-
er as powerful and Britain had become a
major economic influence. Leaders emerged
but as Woodward states well, "the tenden-
cy of the Guatemalan elite not to directly
run for elected office, but instead to work
through middle-sector politicians was a ten-
dency that would only grow stronger over
the next two centuries."
In March 1821, Brigadier Gabino Gainza
arrived from Chile and assumed temporary
command. Mexico's Agustin de Iturbide's
Plan de Iguala had been implemented and
many feared a civil war ...contnueonpage
WINE, CIGARS. CHOCOLATE AND MORE.
tLAE5T r ELECTION OF WIE IN A NTIUA
4 ARCHAEOLOGY by KaraAndrade
Mayan Royal Tomb Unearthed
Suspended in time for 1,600
years, treasures have been
recently discovered at El Zotz
4 ASK ELIZABETH
by Elizabeth Bell
Who signed Guatemala's
Declaration of Independence? 14
2 ROADTO INDEPENDENCE
by Dwight Wayne Coop
ATale ofTwo Generals
1 PEOPLE AND PROJECTS
by Dr. Karmen Guevara
BACKSTORIES byJudy Cohen
The Jewel in the Crown
For 467 years La Antigua's Parque
Central changed to meet the needs
of each new generation
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One of the many exquisite ceramic pieces brought
to light at the El Diablo, El Zotz site in El Peten
LIFESTYLE by MichaelSherer
SPORTS by Dwight Wayne Coop
Panajachel to host the 18th
Annual Cycle Messenger
by Dwight Wayne Coop
"Mad Dog Writer" seeks that
one special person
8Quetzaltenango: Harry Diaz
Monterrico: Mario Beaulieu
120 SENSUOUS GUATEMALA
by Ken Veronda
Jacaranda trees in bloom at
Antigua's central park (PHOTO: RUDY GIRON)
The main fountain was designed
by Diego de Porres in 1738
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DATEBOOK HIGHLIGHT < .
My Village Lancetillo
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112 Real Estate
117 El Salvador
ON THE COVER
One of the
at El Diablo
see story 1
on page 14
year-old Marta Martinez, part of the FotoKids
ept. 11, see DateBook for details
31 services / shopping
services / shopping
Monterrico / Pacific Coast
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OCTOBER issue ) Sept. 10
FROM THE PUBLISHERS
The tomb was found on May 28 of
this year. Co-director for the bi-
national Archaeological Project El
Zotz, Edwin Romin Ramirez, believes it
is the burial chamber of King Chak' Ahk,
one of the first kings of a Mayan dynasty to
settle in El Zotz. The tomb contained caches
of elaborate stucco masks and ceramic ves-
sels as well as 1,600-year-old body parts.
Writer Kara Andrade gives us the inside
story of this rare and important discovery,
with some excellent images from on-site
photographer Arturo Godoy. Godoy's pho-
tograph on the cover is the head of a lidded
fragmented vessel that has been nicknamed
the "Dragon Head."
September 15 is Guatemala's Indepen-
dence Day, and we offer two articles on this
subject. Elizabeth Bell and Dwight Wayne
Coop cover different angles of the history of
Guatemala's struggle for freedom.
Judy Cohen brings us the backstory of
La Antigua's Parque Central. From a blank
square on the original town drawings 467
years ago to today's recently refurbished
make over, the park has been through a
series of changes.
Panajachel is hosting the 18th annual
Cycle Messenger World Championships,
which is a pretty big deal, and the whole
scoop is on page 92.
There is plenty more to read and see
inside this issue, including some great cul-
tural events listed in DateBook.
We hope your September is filled with
fun adventures and we wish Guatemala a
very Happy Birthday!
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ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE by DwightWayne Coop
A Tale of Two Generals
As Guatemala was positioning for its independence,
these two general-politicians and antagonists might be
called the cofounders of modern CentralAmerica.
Mix equal parts Washington, Bo-
livar and Garibaldi, add some
Jefferson, a dash of Montes-
quieu, and a sprinkling of Zapata. Knead
well and bake the mixture under the torrid
skies of Central America. What do you get?
Today this list of ingredients can be read
throughout the isthmus as the legacy of the
man who midwifed, and nearly preserved, a
great union. Had the United Federation of
Central America survived, it would rival Co-
lombia or Argentina in size and influence.
From the doorstep of Chiapas to the Pana-
manian frontier, boulevards, ports, schools,
bridges and even pharmacies all bear
Morazan's name. But who was he, really?
That question is as interesting as the list
of enemies who ultimately sank the dream
of Central American unity. One of these,
Rafael Carrera, fathered the nation-state
of Guatemala. Both Morazhn and Carrera
were gifted generals and self-made men, but
they were otherwise opposites.
Carrera, born in Guatemala in 1814 (22
years after MorazTn was born in Honduras),
never learned to read, nor had to. During
his adolescence, he wearied of herding pigs
and became a bandit. His unwed mother
was said to have been a servant of the aristo-
cratic Aycinena family, among whom Rafael
was begotten by a scion. This is unlikely; he
was Mayan in appearance and origin, and a
coin minted with his true likeness suggests
some African ancestry ...contnuedonpage
Fly safely, fly TACA REGIONAL
We invite you to discover
the wonders of Guatemala
orIg-n Ito i eu r F n
Mayan Royal Tomb Unearthed
n the dense jungle of Guatemala,
in the Petin Basin region which is
home to the ancient Mayan city of
Tikal, looming pyramids, looted tombs
and overgrown paths that once served
as Mayan superhighways speak of an era
of ancient kingdoms and powerful war-
ring dynasties. It's easy to die and be for-
gotten here for thousands of years amid
the thick vines, monsoonal rains and
teeming vegetation that over time bur-
ies temples, jade, textiles, bones both
human and animal only to resurface
again, sometimes 1,600 years later in a
place called El Diablo, the devil. .
El Diablo named for the steep climb
that feels like punishment from the dev- 9 4,..a
il himself is a pyramid on the out- a b
skirts of El Zotz, around 23 kilometers Dr.Stephen Houston examines photographsand artifacts
west of Tikal, from where Edwin Roman from the Royal Tomb.
F 2 pI
Sarah Newman (Brown University graduate student) and Lic. Edwin Roman, Guatemalan Co-director of the El Zotz Project, having
their lunch break just outside the tunnel leading to the stucco masks and the Royal Tomb. El Diablo, El Zotz, Peten.
Ramirez, 32, Guatemalan archaeologist
and co-director for the bi-national Ar-
chaeological Project El Zotz, can stand
atop the steep slope and see the pyra-
mids of Tikal in the distance.
"The trek we make every year into the
jungle helps us to understand the land-
scape and how close these two archaeo-
logical sites were throughout history.
But they were not friends," Roman tells
me from an undisclosed city in Guate-
mala where all the artifacts from the
project are stored and classified under
constant fears of theft and looting.
The El Zotz Project started in 2006,
first mapping and then digging on the
periphery of a powerful city like Tikal
to determine what happens while liv-
ing under those conditions. "What we
think is going on after some study of the
hieroglyphs is that this is some kind of
buffer state. It was a kingdom that was
Head on a lidded fragmented vessel.
^tt '. ? df/ '^-*? 1 --
One of the very first pictures of the Royal Tomb, taken through an approximately 15 x 20 cm hole. El Diablo, El Zotz, Peten.
between other more powerful dynasties
and elected to ally itself with the en-
emies of Tikal as far as we can tell," said
project director Stephen Houston, who
teaches at Brown University, the institu-
tion financing this collaborative project.
This year brought in the biggest team
yet with 80 to 90 laborers and at least 20
archaeologists half Guatemalan and
half foreigners as legally stipulated for
bi-national projects into the remote
jungle for some three months.
They didn't get far into their season
- when they made their greatest discov-
ery: a burial chamber that they believe is
the tomb of King Chak' Ahk, one of the
first kings of a Mayan dynasty to settle
in El Zotz. The tomb was found on May
28 at the base of El Diablo where they,
particularly Roman, had been tunnel-
ing this pyramid, which was 40 percent
collapsed and looked like Swiss cheese
Laboratory analysis of bones because of all the looting. The tomb was
about nine feet deep and four and half
feet high and sealed with alternating lay-
ers of mud and rock, which helped keep
it airtight for well over 1,600 years.
The process of finding the tomb in-
volved first discovering the elaborate
stucco masks that had been painted red
and then digging through a looter's tun-
nel, which the team began to clean out.
"Working in tunnels is one of the most
dangerous jobs that exists. You can only
see the width of the tunnel, in this case
one meter, everything else is your imagi-
nation," Roman said.
Once inside they found a small build-
ing in front of this great temple which
had effigies of what appeared to be the
4 Lic. Edwin Roman and Ewa Czapiewska (graduate student
at University College London and the ceramist of the project)
assisting Dr. Stephen Houston. El Diablo, El Zotz, Peten.
Sarah Newman drawing excavation profiles. El Diablo, El Zotz, Peten.
Sun God and then a smaller enclosed
building which, through digging deep-
er, they soon discovered had caches of
vessels or ceramics that contained hu-
man body parts as a sacrificial or ritual
"Under that we began to uncover row af-
ter row, layer after layer of stones, and it
did seem to have increasingly the feeling
of a bank vault, almost as if someone had
been concerned about security in this
fairly unstable political zone and for the
protection of whatever lay underneath,"
One after the other, they discovered
more of these caches containing body
parts, fingers, often surrounded by areas
of red that probably corresponded to the
decayed flesh of the fingers themselves.
There were teeth. In one of the vessels
Edwin Romin: Working in
tunnels is one of the most
dangerous jobs that exists.
You can only see the width of
the tunnel, in this case one
meter, everything else is
they found an incinerated, partly cre-
"There was a lot of misery that went into
encasing this tomb's magical and pro-
tective circuit," Houston said.
After a week or so of this very labor-
intensive archaeology they reached the
same level as the base of the tomb.
Fragmented lid of a vessel, with the head and painting of a
They carefully shaved away at the
wall and slowly lowered a light bulb into
the tomb. Suddenly, there was a pinprick
of light reflecting inches, if not centime-
ters or millimeters, from the tomb itself.
"When I started going down it was
spectacular to see all dark, dark, dark,
and then when the light bulb was low-
ered all the light that projected those
colors below green, pink, red, black,
brown. Then to see this chamber was
spectacular," said Roman, carefully
brushing sand off one of the pots found
in the tomb.
I found him and Sarah Newman who
was working with Roman on the tomb
site, in the afterglow of their find, clean-
ing up artifacts in a laboratory that re-
sembled a dorm-room setting.
.continued on page 104
' One of the stucco masksfound in the substructure of the
pyramid. El Diablo, El Zotz, Peten.
PEOPLE and PROJECTS: T.E.S.S. Unlimited
Making a difference
Tessa de Goede is a 27-year-old
Dutch woman who came to Gua-
temala three years ago. After doing
volunteer work in several countries she found
out that helping children with cleft lips was
the work that touched her the most. "It's
just a feeling I have inside when I see a baby
with a cleft lip. I just need to help." In La
Antigua she started working in the hospital
as a volunteer. Seven days a week she helped
the nurses and took care of the babies. She
realized that, if she really wanted to make a
difference and help the babies with cleft lips,
she had to win the trust of the nurses and
doctors. For them, of course, she was in the
beginning just a "volunteer." But time passed
by and Tessa kept working and showing her
willingness. After a year of volunteering in
the hospital she knew a lot of people, found
out how things worked and saw the differ-
A couple of students enjoy class in San Gaspar
ence she could make. Just a year after she
stepped into the hospital she started her own
foundation: T.E.S.S. Unlimited.
From one thing to another
With her foundation she raised money and
paid for surgery of babies with cleft lips. She
also found out that a lot of children can't
get surgery because they are underfed, as
the deformity makes it difficult for them
to breast-feed. And so she started the milk
project: giving milk to underfed children
to help them gain weight. Meanwhile, she
started giving English lessons at a primary
school in Santa Catarina and asking volun-
teers for their help.
Centro Educativo T.E.S.S.
Nowadays T.E.S.S. Unlimited is helping
people in the fields of cleft lips and education
and is offering volunteers .contnuedonpage 32
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2Thurs., 10am MUSIC: Marimba
Femenina de Conciertos. Q25. Asocia-
ci6n Nuestros Ahijados, Carretera San Fe-
lipe #106, LaAntigua.
Fri., & Sat. 4, 5pm -ART: Evocacidn
del Mundo Maya, La Danza de las
Quinieras, presented by Nacxit. Conserva-
torio Nacional de Mtisica (tel: 5292-6627)
3a av. & 5a calle, z. 1, Guatemala City.
Fri., 8pm MUSIC: Operalpiano,
with musical direction by Hugo Are-
nas; scene direction, Jorge Arcilla. Q75.
Proyecto Cultural El Sitio (tel: 7832-3037),
Fri., through Thurs., 30 -
PHOTOGRAPHY: El Attico, Galeria
y Centro de
Foto 30 present La
by Morena P&rez-
Joachin. El Attico
4a av. 15-45, z. 14,
4Sat., 7pm THEATER: La Edad de
la Ciruela performed by Patricia Orantes
and Mercedes Blanco. Q60. Proyecto Cul-
tural El Sitio (tel: 7832-3037), LaAntigua.
3Fri., 4th and 5th BIKE RACE:
The prestigious Cycle World Messen-
ger Championships, the opening event "La
Ocho," followed by the main race on Sun.,
12th. Panajachel, Lake Atitldn. See relat-
ed article on page 92.
4 Sat., 11am ART: Senderos de Luz,
work by Guatemalan artist Maria Vic-
toria Garcia. Colegio Mayor Santo Tomis
de Aquino, la av. norte #23, LaAntigua.
4 Sat., 6pm through Sun., Oct., 3 -
PHOTOGRAPHY: Foto 30/Familia,
Que los Muertos Hablan by curators Valia
Garz6n and Marivi Vdliz, and Tribu by
curator Emiliano Valdez. Centro de For-
maci6n de la Cooperaci6n Espafiola (tel:
7932-3838) 6a av. norte, LaAntigua.
Mon., through Mon., 30 -
A collection of
4a av. 15-45,
201 editio of REVU by F S 10
Mon., 8am through Wed., 8th-7pm,
EXPO ALIMENTARIA 2010. Con-
vention Center Grand Tikal Futura Hotel,
Calzada Roosevelt 22-43, z. 11, Guate-
Tues., 5:30pm (English) TALK:
Life in Guatemala: Brief History and
Current Conditions with Sue Patterson, a
retired US Foreign Service officer living
in La Antigua, Guatemala. She is a former
U.S. Consul General in Guatemala and has
served in Chile, Iran and Italy. She is the
founder of WINGS, a non-profit dedicated
to reproductive health and family plan-
ning. Donation Q25. Rainbow Caf6 (tel:
7832-1919) 7a av. #8, LaAntigua.
8 Wed., 7pm through Thurs., 30 -
PHOTO/VIDEO: Nuestra by Alejan-
dro Anzueto. Galeria de Arte de Alianza
Francesa, 5a calle 10-55, z. 13, Finca laAu-
rora, Guatemala City.
Thurs., 10am ART & GUIDED
EXPO: Las Etapas Creativas de Car-
los Merida by Dr. Silvia
Herrera. Donation Q95,
includes coffee break and
parking. Museo Ixchel (tel:
2361-8081) 6a calle final z.
10, Guatemala City. L
1 Fri., 6pm TASTING: 6th Club
SLDegusta tasting cocktail. Caff6 Opera
will be the host of the next tasting event or-
ganized by Club Degusta with fine wines,
cocktails and courtesy antipasti. (tel: 7832-
1Sat., 11am (Spanish) DOCU-
SMENTARY: La Isla, Archivos de
una Tragedia, archives secrets de la Policia
Nacional de Guatemala. Presentado por el
historiador Edgar Barillas. Colegio Mayor
Santo Tomas de Aquino. la av. norte #23,
Sat., 1pm CULTURAL EVENT:
A glimpse at indigenous culture, a
Maya sacerdote (priest) presents an authen-
tic ceremony/ritual. Free. La Pefia de Sol La-
tino (tel: 7882-4468), LaAntigua.
Tues., 5:30pm (English) TALK:
--A Pedal Power Technology: An Alter-
nate Source of Energy in Guatemala with
Carlos Marroquin who has worked for 9
years encouraging rural development by
introducing bicycle/machines to facilitate
daily life and economic development. This
technology also greatly benefits the envi-
ronment. Donation Q25. Rainbow Caf6
(tel: 7832-1919) 7a av. sur #8, LaAntigua.
8 Wed., through Oct., 12 ART: Inauguration of La Feria, Foto 30, featuring work of
internationally renowned and award-winning artist Igal Permuth. Mes6n Panza Verde
(tel: 7832-2925) 5a av. sur #19, LaAntigua. V
1 Sat., 5pm PHOTOGRAPHY:
Very young photographers from
FotoKids Guatemala and tFord a children's
photography project from Chalatenango,
El Salvador, present their work in a joint ex-
hibit as part of Foto 30. Casa Ibargiien, (in
front ofCorreos), z. 1, Guatemala City.
(A photo by Kevin Cucul, age 15)
1 Tues., CELEBRATION: Begin-
-I ning celebrations of Independence
Day (Wed., 15th) with elementary school
parades and bands, fireworks and mara-
thons carrying torches.
1 CWed., INDEPENDENCE DAY:
J Guatemala declared Independence
from Spain in 1821. School parades and
bands. This holiday is celebrated through-
out the country. Banks and many businesses
are closed. See related articles on page 4 and
7 Fri., & Sat. 18, 5pm ART: Evo-
S cacion del Mundo Maya, La Danza
de las Quinieras, presented by Nacxit. Con-
servatorio Nacional de Mdsica (tel: 5292-
6627) 3a av. & 5a calle, z. 1, Guatemala
18Sat., 1pm DANCE & MUSIC
PRESENTATION: The Ninos de
San Antonio Aguas Calientes dance and play
the marimba, flutes and bombas. Donations
benefit educational pursuits. Free. La Pefia de
Sol Latino (tel: 7882-4468), LaAntigua.
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Gallery & Museum
4a calle oriented #10
Interior Casa Antigua, El Jaul6n
La Antigua Guatemala
In wisdom gathered over time I have found
that every experience is a form of exploration.
Leam about the fascinating
history of the Maya's clothing
MUSEO and weaving.
IXCHEL Buy Guatemalan handicrafts at
DEL TRAJE INOoNA our shop. Shop on line at
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6ta. Calle Final, Zona 10
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Telefaxes: (502) 2361 8081/82
Monday Friday 9:00 to 17:00
Saturday 9:00 to 13:00
12 calle 4-65,
in front of Las Ruinas
de Santa Clara
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Thursday Buena Vista de Coraz6n; Cuban
Jazz. Conga and vocals by Ignacio.
Friday Latin Trio; guitar, conga and piano.
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Monday, 7-10pm Carlos Trujillo,
Classical & Latin Guitar music to complete
your intimate dining experience. Free.
Tuesday, 7-10pm Ramiro plays Trova
Wednesday through Sundays, 7-10pm -
Sol Latino plays Andean music (pan flutes).
SRamiro plays Trova
Rainbon Cafe ir..I -I i-il',-
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Monday, 7:30pm Don Ramiro will serenade
you with some beautiful Latin folk music. Free.
Tuesday & Fridays, 7:30pm Sergio, reggae
Wednesday, 7:30pm Open Mike" .' 1,.. l r..
by Juan-Jo and friends. A complimentary drink for
all performers. Free.
Thursday, 7:30pm Giiicho will astound
you with his guitar skills and improvisation of
Latino and pop classics.
Saturday, 7:30pm At.One.Ment. Come
and listen to Luke and his band. You cannot
miss it. Enjoy a few drinks and relax to some
Sunday, 7:30pm La Raiz: Luis, Juan-Jo
& Choko, great improvised classics. Free.
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Friday, 7:30pm Mark Weinstein's Marco
Trio will perform a variety of jazz, blues &
rock 'n' roll.
Saturday, 7:30pm La Trova del Lago
featuring Juan Sisay, Carlos Rangel and Noe
Music is spiritual. The music business is not.
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THROUGHOUT THE MONTH
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Monday The fabulous piano master Chris
Jarnach plays jazz and favorite tunes;
Circus Bar Latin Ensemble plays boleros, salsa,
son cubano and other Latin rhythms.
Tuesday Nayno Flamenco, Rumba and
Latin Ensemble, Trova del Lago.
Wednesday Nayno, Latin Ensemble.
Thursday, 7:30pm Carlos and Carlitos,
swing and Latin rhythms. Trova del Lago, trova.
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a fusion of Rumba, Flamenco and Guatemalan
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1 Sat., 7pm THEATER: Doia Be-
Satriz La Sinventura from dramatur-
gist Carlos Sol6rzano. Q60. Proyecto Cul-
tural El Sitio (tel: 7832-3037), LaAntigua.
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of participation. Proyecto Cultural El Sitio
(tel: 7832-3037), LaAntigua.
through Sun., 19 ART: Ingrid Kliis-
Imann, Dejando Huella, an installation
in cabinet by Jos6 Antonio Maldonado, as
part of the XIII Festival del Centro Hist6ri-
co. Edificio El Centro, II level, local 218, 7a
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Speakers will be sharing stories of
people with disabilities and the challenges
and successes of Transitions, an organization
that provides outreach, medical support and
health education to the disabled through-
out Guatemala. Transitions also maintains a
manufacturing and training facility for cus-
tomized wheelchairs, a clinic for prosthetics
and orthotics, a graphic design and offset
printing business and a special education
program. Donation Q25. Rainbow Caf6
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PRESENTATION: A Dos Pasos by
Pablo Bromo, presented by Vultegato Edi-
tores. Galeria de Arte de Alianza Francesa,
5a calle 10-55, z. 13, Finca la Aurora, Gua-
2 2 Wed., & Thurs., 29, 6:30-8:30pm
22- (Spanish) CURSO: Un siglo de
Cambios: Guatemala 1900-2000. Contri-
buci6n Q720/Q540 estudiantes con car-
net. Parqueo, tarifa inica Q30 por sesi6n.
Museo Popol Vuh (tel: 2338-7836) 6a calle
final, z. 10, Guatemala City.
Thurs., 6:30pm (Spanish)
23JCONFERENCIA: Los Palacios de
los Antiguos Mayas, dictada por Tomas Bar-
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Parqueo, tarifa inica Q30. Museo Popol
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Mio, performed by Maria
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A Tale ofTwo Generals con. from page 12
The union that Morazin united and that
Carrera dissolved was coextensive with the
Kingdom of Guatemala, so-called, part of
the Viceroyalty of New Spain. This king-
dom never saw its kings, the Spanish mon-
archs; not one ever visited. The five extant
republics of Central America, plus Chi-
apas, comprised it. In the early 1820s, all
six briefly belonged to newly independent
Imperial Mexico, which collapsed in 1822.
These republics did not have to fight
either Spain or Mexico for their indepen-
dence. But they did fight each other during
the Federation period (1824-1839). Each of
the five "states" had its own president, and
there was also a federal president. The sepa-
ration of powers between federal and state
presidents would never be resolved.
election tribunals, and built schools for the
Morazin's greatest reform, ironically,
militated against the union he sought. This
was the emancipation, decades before the
United States did so, of the vast slave class.
The states now lost much of the glue that
bonded them as provinces during the colo-
nial period: an infrastructure of roads and
bridges that depended on slaves levied from
the latifundios, or great plantations. With
the resultant crumbling of trade and com-
munication links, the five states began going
their own way, or forming unwieldy daugh-
ter federations. At one point, El Salvador
and Honduras were joined, while Guate-
mala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica formed
another ephemeral union.
These republics did not have to fight either Spain or Mexico
for their independence. But they did fight each other during
the Federation period (1824-1839).
During this period, Morazin was federal
president three times, and at other times
served as state presidents of El Salvador, Hon-
duras and Costa Rica. Carrera, as a warlord,
emerged as de facto ruler of Guatemala, and,
for periods, of Honduras and Nicaragua.
To the extent that the union lasted any-
time at all was a testament to the military
and diplomatic prowess of Morazin, who
consistently put his vision of unity ahead
of personal ambition. This was evident in
1831 when he willingly yielded the federal
presidency after an electoral defeat. True, he
had ruled largely by decree during this first
term, and in defeat he received as a consola-
tion prize the Honduras presidency. But his
policies were enlightened: He enacted free-
dom of worship, press and speech, created
Two political parties emerged from the
cauldron. Men like Morazan and his friend
Mariano Gilvez (a Guatemalan state presi-
dent whose image adorns the Q20 note) led
the Jeffersonian "liberal" faction. Men like
Carrera and the criollo general Manuel Arce,
the reactionary first president of the Federa-
tion, led the "clerical" faction. This latter was
an alliance of bishops and wealthy latifundio
owners, plus some people of humbler origins
who were blood kin to the slaves but suspi-
cious of pluralism and Protestantism.
Carrera was one of these. We do not know
if his opposition to union and democracy
were driven more by outlook or opportun-
ism, but we do know that he vowed to de-
stroy the union, and, with his charisma and
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A Tale of Two Generals cont.from previous page
At the age of 31, Morazin, a lawyer by
training, was named a captain in the federal
army. Though he lacked military training,
he quickly distinguished himself in the first
of many civil wars that would plague the
Federation. Soon, he was a general. His se-
rial victories in war opened his doorway to
politics, and during the short, unhappy life
of the Federation, he plied both; on several
occasions he was simultaneously a head of
state and a field commander.
At the height of Carrera's power during the
Federation era, he controlled, while still
in his early 20s, not only Guatemala as an
extra-constitutional strongman, but Nicara-
gua and most of Honduras. But these latter
two states and Costa Rica, balked at both
forehand and memorizing it. He routed
Morazin, who fled to Guatemala City and
regrouped. But even there, Carrera had a
trap set for him; the decisive battle took
place where the San Juan de Dios Hospi-
tal now stands. The tactical genius of the
erudite and progressive Morazin had been
trumped by that of a former highwayman
who could not read.
But Carrera could dictate, and he ordered
his scribe to make known that Morazin now
carried a price on his head. Morazin fled to
Peru, where he was offered, but declined, a
generalship in the doomed struggle of Peru
and Bolivia against Chile in the Pacific War.
While in exile, and bitter over the seces-
sion of Honduras, Morazin began identify-
In effect, Guatemala now had to achieve independence from
El Salvador; but unlike the peaceful separations from Spain
and Mexico, this phase would be bloody.
Carrera's tyranny and unionism, and se-
ceded. Guatemala, governed by the clericals
even when liberals held titular power, was
perpetually in rebellion. Only El Salvador,
the seat of the federal capital, remained
faithful to the union.
Carrera's mission, to wrest the biggest
chunk of the Federation for himself, was
now easier than Morazin's mission, to pre-
serve the union. In effect, Guatemala now
had to achieve independence from El Sal-
vador; but unlike the peaceful separations
from Spain and Mexico, this phase would
One engagement took place in San An-
dr5s Semetabaj, overlooking Lake Atitlan.
Morazin was favored, but Carrera outfoxed
him by scoping the battlefield terrain be-
ing himself as Salvadoran rather than Hon-
duran. El Salvador returned the honor by
later recovering Morazin's remains and
erecting a monument to him. Yet both
countries would pay him the supreme hon-
or of naming a province in his honor.
In 1842, long after the dissolution of the
union, Morazin returned from exile, this
time to Costa Rica where he led a coup
against Braulio Carillo, the only true dicta-
tor in Costa Rica's history. He was rewarded
with the presidency, which he used to lay
democratic foundations that remain in
place to this day. But within months an old
friend betrayed him to a clerical insurrec-
tion. Soon he faced a firing squad, which he
was given the honor of commanding him-
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Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala
(later renamed La Antigua Guatemala) was
founded in 1543. This year lies in the blurry
timeline when the late Middle Ages changed
into the Age of Discovery. The conquistadors
followed hard on the heels of Columbus to
the new world, driven by gold fever and the
desire to conquer. They earned their name.
Architectural drawing of the Parque Central
by Abner Saul Quinac
Only 51 years had elapsed between the time
Columbus landed and the founding of the
third Guatemalan capital. The first two sites
were abandoned as unsuitable. Early settlers
had already learned hard lessons about natu-
ral disasters in the new country; earthquakes
first, and then floods and mudslides,
which destroyed the second capital. They
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prayed the Panchoy Valley, only a few miles
away, would be far enough from volcanoes
to keep them out of danger. The new loca-
tion was flat, beautiful, had plenty of water,
lumber, clay for adobe bricks and rich soil.
Juan Bautista Antonelli was the Italian mil-
itary engineer appointed by the crown to
design the new town. He used the grid sys-
tem with the avenidas north, south and the
calls east, west. The town plaza was placed
in the center. What we now know infor-
mally as Parque Central was founded as the
Plaza Mayor, Plaza Real or Plaza de Armas.
It started as a blank square on Antonelli's
drawing and grew and morphed in fits and
starts for 467 years to meet the needs of
each new generation ...continued on next page
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fountain are at the Museo Santiago (RUDYo GIRN)
Antigua's Parque Central cont.from previouspage
The Plaza Mayor was a busier and more
exciting place in other centuries than it is
now. It was the center of all public activi-
ties: entertainment, markets, public events,
parades and religious ceremonies. They even
staged horse races and bullfights on special
occasions. Water was piped in for the horses
in 1555, but there was no central fountain
until 1738. And: "Every so often a military
parade took place, hence 'Plaza deArmas.' The
ladies would dress in their most flouncy frocks
and petticoats, uncaring of the mud that ru-
, e'd all the hems, and crowd around the Plaza
in b. l/on r.ug skirts that echoed the surrounding
arches." -Antigua For Life, Barbara Belcher
de Koose, p. 62.
In the only painting of it in the 17th cen-
tury (1678), we can see the marketplace,
which the city fathers had to organize into
some kind of order so horses and carriages
could get through. Still no formal streets.
In Europe (1400-1800) law and order was
established and punishment carried out in
public squares. The conquistadors brought
this practice to Central America. Hangings,
whippings, and the stocks were used to en-
force order. Looters were hanged and people
whipped for trivial offenses.
The park went through the same ups and
downs as the town. If the town suffered earth-
quakes and floods, the plaza was neglected.
In careless times, people broke the fountain,
cut off the heads of the original sirenas (mer-
maids) designed by Diego de Porres in 1738
and threw them on the rubble heap. When
the town prospered, the square prospered,
too. Needed repair work was done, trees were
planted and rubbish removed.
Few cities have fought as hard to stay alive
as Antigua. There was an almost continual
push by the forces of nature to destroy it.
At the same time, dedicated and stubborn
people through the ages fought to pull it
back from disaster. Despite the optimistic
hopes of the first settlers, Santiago (later La
Antigua) was not safe from nature's might.
Between 1520 and the end of the 19th cen-
tury, 50 major eruptions of Fuego occurred.
In 1773 a massive earthquake hit and the
Spanish king ordered the city evacuated, al-
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though it had recovered from a devastating
one in 1717 and rebuilt.
Following a major flurry of building called
The Golden Age, the 1773 quake destroyed
the most beautiful churches, convents, mon-
asteries and private homes in one day.
Afterward the capital was officially moved
to Guatemala City, along with all the wealth
that could be carried on the backs of Indians
or carted away in wagons. As much or more
damage, they say, was caused by salvagers
as by the earthquake itself. Citizens were
threatened with jail if they didn't leave.
However, the community was never
quite abandoned. From being the acknowl-
edged capital of Central America and a
bustling, vibrant church-oriented city, it
lapsed back as a quiet village again and was
renamed La Antigua Guatemala.
When the modern age dawned, the charm-
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part, was buried under mud and rubble and
forgotten. Not by everyone though. Knowl-
edgeable people knew that a gargantuan job
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since it was now off the beaten track and
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During the Christmas holidays the park is illuminated with thousands of ornamental lights. (RUDY GIR6N)
Antigua's Parue Central cont. from page 68
realized they also had a treasure in the colo-
nial city lying under a lot of mud and rub-
bish. They began to dig it out and protect it.
The park went through a major renovation
in 1936. The sirenas in the fountain were re-
stored by Oscar Gonzilez Goyri; the rusted
shaft from 1738 was cleaned and restored.
Water flowed once more. A series of procla-
mations came out: In 1940 Antigua was de-
clared a Protected City, which saved many
of the beautiful old colonial houses from
being torn down. Buildings were limited to
In 1944 Antigua was protected further
when it was declared a National Monu-
ment. Modern buildings were barred. How-
ever, billboards and neon signs crept in, and
other debris of the 20th century littered the
Once more in 1976, a major earthquake
struck. It destroyed most of the renovation
efforts. Over 20,000 people were killed and
a million were left homeless in Guatemala.
In Antigua, most of the renovation and dig-
ging out was destroyed when the charm of
the old city had just begun to emerge. This
seemed trivial at the time.
In 1979 UNESCO designated LaAntigua as
a World Cultural Heritage Site. For the first
time, a codified list of do's and don't out-
lined what renovations could and couldn't
be made and what materials must be used.
The neon signs and billboards were removed
and overhead wires put underground.
Prosperity didn't reach everyone. A Civil
War, begun in the early 1960s, lasted 36
years. According to historian Elizabeth Bell,
tourism in Antigua dropped to almost noth-
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tight, but he doesn't wanna wander from men would not stop to ask for directions.
the stable at night. -Betty Grable -Elayne Boosler
During the renovation of the park in 2000 the
gardens were improved, smaller benches replaced
the old cement ones, and wrought-iron fences
were put around the planted areas. (RUDY GIRON)
Antigua's Parque Central cont.from previouspage
ing during this time, and, of course, pros-
perity lowered for all but a few.
After the Peace Accords were signed in 1996,
non-profit organizations (NGOs) arrived
from all over the world to help Guatemala
get back on its feet.
Parque Central was an eyesore after the war
according to people who saw it then. Main-
tenance had been put off for years. The ce-
ment benches were cracked and crumbling,
and the shaft of the fountain was rusted and
broken once more. No water had flowed
for eight years. Fallen trees were a hazard
and there was dangerous barbed wire which
fenced off unsafe areas. Plus only one street
The Spanish schools, which started in the
late 60s and 70s, were beginning to come
back. Tourists were returning. The city fa-
thers wanted to spruce the city up, and
Parque Central was its heart.
Nuestros Ahijados (God's Children) a local
NGO, took on the renovation. Patrick Atkin-
son, its CEO, had the help and support from
the Guatemalan Corps of Engineers and the
Mayor of Antigua.
Mr. Atkinson used his own staff of gar-
deners (some blind) and the older children
to dig out approximately 10 inches of top-
soil. They had to remove the rubble beneath
it, consisting of cement and tile, because the
tree roots couldn't get through and reach the
The topsoil was replaced and wrought-
iron green fences put around the planting
areas. The fences had little sticks between
the chain links to discourage children from
swinging on them. They didn't hurt, but
were uncomfortable, also decorative.
Long cement benches-chipped and stained
with urine and graffiti-were replaced with
smaller ones with wooden slats and green
ironwork like the fences. After 212 years of
work, the latest renovation of the park was
finished in 2002.
Antigua has survived by serendipity and
the tenacity of people who simply refused
to abandon a lovely site. Its history reminds
me of the story the Phoenix, a mythical bird
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On Sept. 14, 1821, Brigadier Gainza hastily
called for a meeting. The following morn-
ing, representatives from the government,
City Hall, Catholic Church, University of
San Carlos, Commerce Council, Law Board
and other groups were invited to meet at 8
a.m. at the National Palace (now located
where the Parque Centenario is in zone 1).
They approved the Declaration of Indepen-
dence, but the vote was 23 to 7.
The Fathers of the Guatemala Indepen-
dence are called "Prdceres de la Independencia."
They were Mario de Beltranena, Mario Calde-
r6n, Jos6 Matias Delgado, Manuel Antonio
de Molina, Mariano de Larrave, Antonio de
Rivera, J. Antonio Larrave, Isidro del Valle y
Castriciones, Mariano de Aycinena, Pedro
de Arroyave, Lorenzo de Romafia, Domingo
Dikguez, Jos6 Cecilio del Valle, Pedro Molina
and Brigadier Gabino Gainza. Alas, Maria
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Brigadier Gainza continued as chief ex-
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Guatemala was annexed to Mexico on Jan.
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(Guatemala and El Salvador) and Le6n
(Honduras, Nicargaua and Costa Rica).
The first Congress met on June 14,
1823, and the annexation to Mexico was
deemed null. After further discussion, the
Declaration of Independence was formally
approved on July 1, 1823, and Dr. Pedro
Molina became the President of the Junta
del Supremo Poder Ejecutivo. The abdication
of Iturbide in March 1823 led to a declara-
tion of absolute Central American indepen-
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September 3 13
he following cities all have something
in common: Sydney, Berlin, Lon-
don, Toronto, New York, Barcelona,
Zurich, San Francisco, Tokyo and Panajachel.
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The commonality is that all of them,
whether world-class metropolis or funky
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honors for the very first "Tour de Atitlan" in
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those brave competitors participating for
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Bags, a maker of all-weather bicycle totes.
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community or country hosting the event.
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chel's municipal stadium, which was se-
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dium took another hit in May with Tropical
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tance!" he says.
The main race, to be held on September 12,
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and decision making becomes as important
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"Mad Dog Writer" seeks that
one special person. Is it you?
orry girls, but this is not a thousand-
word personal ad dressed up as a
column. That is bad news for all you
babes who cannot resist hairless middle-aged
nerds with mismatched socks and a history
of unmedicated bipolarity. Instead, I am
seeking one special person, not for romantic
companionship but to satisfy my curiosity.
This individual is not marked by taste in the
opposite sex that is bad, but rather by luck
in the marketplace that is even worse.
That would be the one person in Guate-
mala who is never offered discounts (reba-
jas) when he (or she, but let us assume it is
a guy) shops.
By consensus among everyone in Central
America with something to sell, this person's
identity is secret. But it ain't me or anyone
who I have been with during my 22 years
down here. Reader, if this person is you,
please write me and tell me how you acquired
this markedness. Your secret will be safe with
me, and you will save me some lost sleep.
Probably, though, it is not you. But you
still know what I am talking about. Let us
say you are in Panajachel (my hometown), al-
though you could as easily be in La Antigua,
Ilobasco, or even the row of car-rental agencies
near the airport that has its own parking lot.
Now Pana's Calle Santander is clogged with
more tipico sellers than you can shake a me-
dium pizza at. So you go there, spot afaja
or some other cool item, and ask the price.
They tell you, "50 quetzales 45 con rebaja."
OK, the good news is that you do not be-
long to that minority of one who must pay
Q50 instead of Q45. Of course, the theory
has been advanced that this minority does
not really exist, and that such a response to
faja-browsing is really a way of saying that
prices are negotiable. But I do not believe it
for a moment.
I have long hoped to locate the individual
who is subjected to this discrimination, be-
cause doing so would be a journalistic scoop
(or possibly the theme for another lame col-
umn). So years ago I queried a British expert
on Guatemala, Michael Henshaw.
"Just who," I asked him, "is the bloke
who never gets rebajas?"
Henshaw usually has a quick answer, but
this question gave him some pause.
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