A Natural and Cultural History
As a bridge between North and South America, Central America has a fascinating natural history and a singular geographic and geopolitical position. It separates two immense and totally different continental faunas and two vast tropical oceans. It has also linked two remarkably contrasting groups of pre-Columbian cultures and witnessed the mingling of the American and European civilisations after Spanish colonisation, developments that have led to a remarkable array of political and social patterns among the seven nations in the region. This richly illustrated book is the first popular yet thorough investigation of both the natural and human history of Central America (Foreword by Olga F. Linares).