All scholars of Central America and the Western Hemisphere will welcome this reference work, the first comprehensive atlas of the region, containing carefully researched maps that provide insights into the history of the Central American isthmus. The volume contains over five hundred full-color maps detailing the region’s locational and physical characteristics, its demography, cultures, and history. Carefully prepared by two geographers and a historian, the oversized volume is organized into two-page sections; each includes several maps and a brief text narrating the events portrayed in the maps, in many cases accompanied by graphs, charts, and photos. The maps were prepared first, with the text designed to complement the maps. The preface states that the work seeks to encompass “a detailed cartographic survey of Central America’s development” and “a text offering a new interpretation” (p. xi). The text’s balanced narration of the historical events...

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