Today (Saturday, April 28th of 2007), I'm writing on this country after several past experiences relating to this unique nation. I had the opportunity to hear a pastor (Erwin McManus of ) whose family orgins are from El Salvador at a missions conference called "Ethnic Summit" in Edina, Minnesota in 2003. I would later hear him speak at my local church in St. Paul-Woodland Hills Church.
Just recently (Saturday, April 14th of 2007), I met a "migrant worker" at the Dragon Grocery Store in St. Paul's Frogtown neighborhood (on Dale St.). I happened to be wearing my "Salvador" (music band) t-shirt, which he was smiling because he is from El Salvador. I had some Spanish Bibles in my trunk, so I ended up giving him one-please pray for him (name?).
" The Pipil Indians, descendants of the Aztecs, likely migrated to the region in the 11th century. In 1525, Pedro de Alvarado, a lieutenant of Cortés's, conquered El Salvador.
El Salvador, with the other countries of Central America, declared its independence from Spain on Sept. 15, 1821, and was part of a federation of Central American states until that union dissolved in 1838. For decades after its independence, El Salvador experienced numerous revolutions and wars against other Central American republics. From 1931 to 1979 El Salvador was ruled by a series of military dictatorships.
In 1969, El Salvador invaded Honduras after Honduran landowners deported several thousand Salvadorans. The four-day war became known as the “football war” because it broke out during a soccer game between the two countries."
"Its official name is Republic of El Salvador. In Spanish it is República de El Salvador. The country was named after the Spanish word for "The Saviour," in honor of Jesus Christ, and its territory was known prehispanically as Cuscatlán"
"The best time of year to visit is at the beginning or the end of the dry season, when it doesn't rain every day and the roads are in good shape. More cultural festivals take place around these times. It's advisable to avoid the holiday periods - it's busy and prices are inflated. The main holiday periods are from Christmas through mid-January; Semana Santa, a week-long festival before Easter; and during the first week of August when San Salvador holds its annual festival. Many services also shut down during these periods. In the rainy season, prices are lower, beaches are less crowded and the evenings slightly cooler after the rainstorms."
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