The history of Guatemala begins with the arrival of human settlers ca. 12,000–18,000 BC. Civilization developed and flourished during the Pre–Columbian era with little contact among the cultures external to Mesoamerica.
Guatemalan culture and Guatemalan customs are strongly influenced by the history of Guatemala. Guatemalan people are largely mestizo, a mixture of Spanish and Maya blood, while many villagers are direct Maya descendents. Guatemalan history was largely affected by the Maya civilization that lived throughout modern day Guatemala for nearly 600 years before collapsing around 900 AD. The multicultural Guatemalan society has directly influenced the country's customs, cuisine and people.
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Learn more about Guatemalan society, history, food and more. Guatemalan culture and Guatemalan customs are strongly influenced by the history of Guatemala.
HISTORY OF GUATEMALA including The greater Guatemala, Central American Federation, A century of caudíllos, Democracy and the CIA, Death squads and guerrillas