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Transnational Politics in Central America$
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Luis Roniger

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036632

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036632.001.0001

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Central America as a Region

Central America as a Region

(p.17) 2 Central America as a Region
Transnational Politics in Central America

Luis Roniger

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents a general background of the Central American isthmus, identifying the early geographic and demographic factors shaping low levels of integration affecting the progressive formation of distinct territorial domains within the region. One of the defining traits of Central America as a region is its location between North and South America and between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Whether serving the Spanish delivery of silver and trade in colonial times or reflecting the drives of smugglers, pirates, and European powers willing to take hold of land to build a trans-isthmian corridor to the Pacific, whether facilitating the move of individuals from the U.S. east coast to California during the gold rush or the U.S. initiative to build a fluvial canal—the region fell victim or capitalized on its strategic location as a hub of international transportation.

Keywords:   Central American isthmus, North and South America, Caribbean Sea, Pacific Ocean, California

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