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Uspantán is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of El Quiché. It is one of the largest municipalities of El Quiché and stretches from the mountainous highlands in the South to the tropical lowlands in the North. The municipal seat is in Villa de San Miguel Uspantán with a population of 2,800. The birthplace of Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú, a community named Laj Chimel, is located Uspantán not far from the municipal seat. Completion of paving on the road in from Chichicastenango has brought a small tourist boom to the town.

Uspantán
Municipality
Amphitheater and Cathedral overlooking parque central after a rain. (2007)
Amphitheater and Cathedral overlooking parque central after a rain. (2007)
Uspantán is located in Guatemala
Uspantán
Uspantán
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 15°20′45″N 90°52′10″W / 15.34583°N 90.86944°W / 15.34583; -90.86944Coordinates: 15°20′45″N 90°52′10″W / 15.34583°N 90.86944°W / 15.34583; -90.86944
CountryFlag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Department..El Quiché Flag(GUATEMALA).png El Quiché
MunicipalitySan Miguel Uspantán
Government
 • TypeMunicipal
 • AlcaldeVíctor Hugo Figueroa
Area
 • Municipality865 km2 (334 sq mi)
Elevation
1,825 m (5,988 ft)
Highest elevation
2,500 m (8,200 ft)
Lowest elevation
500 m (1,600 ft)
Population
 (Census 2002)[1]
 • Municipality41,892
 • Urban
4,198
 • Ethnicities
Uspantek, K'iche', Ixil, Q’eqchi’, Ladino
 • Religions
Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Maya
ClimateCwb

The municipality includes the pre-Columbian Maya archaeological site of Chitinamit, believed to be Jakawitz, the first capital of the K'iche' Maya.[2][3]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "XI Censo Nacional de Poblacion y VI de Habitación (Censo 2002)". INE. 2002.
  2. ^ Sharer & Traxler 2006, p.622.
  3. ^ Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes. Item 1005.

ReferencesEdit

Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes. "Base de Datos Sitios Arqueológicos" (PDF) (in Spanish). Guatemala: Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
Sharer, Robert J.; Loa p. Traxler (2006). The Ancient Maya (6th (fully revised) ed.). Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-4817-9. OCLC 57577446.

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