1980-89

civil war rages; US sends money and logistical support; 75,000 people die, ends soon after the murders of 6 Jesuits and two women.

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1980

War starts: March 24-Archbishop Romero assassinated December 2-four North American churchwomen killed August 15-COAR founded for war orphans.

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1977–79

unrest and demand for land reform; leaders arise from church groups unrest and demand for land reform; leaders arise from church groups.

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1525

First Spanish explorers arrive; large plantations are created until very few families and businesses own almost all of the land

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