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Manuel José Estrada Cabrera

The totalitarian regime of Estrada Cabrera (1898-1920) was immortalized in the novel El Señor Presidente by Nobel Prize winner Miguel Angel Asturias.  Estrada Cabrera was a violent dictator who is credited with bringing stability to Guatemala, even if it was a violent form of stability.  Today, he is best known in his native land as the man who ordered several temples to the Roman Goddess Minerva built in various Guatemalan cities.  Minerva was the patroness of education and wisdom: perhaps he was hoping for some divine intervention in correcting his country’s epidemic of ignorance.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Guatemala: Gaspar Ilóm, History of Antigua, Bartolome de Las Casas and the Verapaz Experiment, History, Historical Summary, The Verapaces History, History, Tikal History, History and Politics and Regional History.

By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
22 Apr 2009

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