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Subject Source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
Scope Note: Area was part of Mayan civilization that flourished from 1st mill. BCE; population diminished ca. 800 CE; charted by Columbus 1502; Spanish defeated chief Lempira's forces in 1539 and native peoples were decimated; part of captaincy of Guatemala after 1570; official language is Spanish, though English and native Indian dialects are also widely spoken.

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