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Escuintla
—  Municipality  —
Esquintla c.1902
Escuintla is located in Guatemala
Escuintla
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 14°17′52″N 90°47′13″W / 14.29778°N 90.78694°W / 14.29778; -90.78694
Country Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Department Escuintla
Municipality Escuintla
Government
 - Type Municipal
 - Mayor Julio Melgar
Population (census 2002)[1]
 - Municipality 119,897
 - Urban 86,678
 - Religions Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism

Escuintla is a city in south central Guatemala. It is the capital of the Department of Escuintla and the administrative seat of Escuintla municipality.

In 2003 the city had a population of about 68,000 people. It is on the border of the central highlands and the Pacific coastal plain.

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Economy

The city is among the more industrialized areas of the country. One of the most important agricultural products of the region is sugar cane. Other products are tobacco, seafood, and cattle.

Transportation

Escuintla used to be an important stop for trains going to Puerto San José until 2007. Today, the CA-2 and CA-9 highways cross here.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

ESCUINTLA, the capital of the department of Escuintla, Guatemala; on the southern slope of the Sierra Madre, 45 m. S.W. of Guatemala city. Pop. (1905) about 12, 000. Escuintla is locally celebrated for its hot mineral springs. It is the commercial centre of a fertile district, which produces coffee, canesugar and cocoa; it has also a brisk transit trade in most of the products of Guatemala, owing to its position on the interoceanic railway between Puerto Barrios on the Atlantic and San Jose (30 m. S.) on the Pacific. A branch railway which goes westward to San Augustin meets this line at Escuintla.


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