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14 things you could buy with cacao seeds during colonial times

The cacao seed was used as currency in pre-colonial times to trade for goods and services. It’s a little hard to imagine that the deceptively simple bean that comes out of the Theobroma Cacao tree could have a value greater than gold. Yet, when you consider the indigenous creation myth across various Mesoamerican cultures, you … Continued

Special tactics humanitarians: Elite Air Force units in Central America

Recently, a team from the Air Force’s 23rd Special Tactics Squadron deployed to Central America in response to a humanitarian crisis, the result of two devastating hurricanes. In November, Hurricanes Eta and Iota rampaged through nine countries in Central and South America, causing severe flooding and landslides and affecting tens of millions of people. In Guatemala, … Continued

An eyewitness account of US sanctions in Nicaragua

A situation that started with students protesting the government evolved into a failed coup d’etat and, consequently, the decimation of a once-thriving tourism industry. Protesters, feeling powerless in the face of violence, turned to the …

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