Amatitlán

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This article is about the town in the Guatemala department of Guatemala. For the municipality in Veracruz, Mexico, please see Amatitlán (municipality).
Amatitlán
Amatitlán is located in Guatemala
Amatitlán
Amatitlán
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 14°29′N 90°37′W / 14.483°N 90.617°W / 14.483; -90.617
Country Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Department Guatemala Department
Elevation 3,898 ft (1,188 m)

Amatitlán (Spanish pronunciation: [amatiˈtlan]) is a town in the Guatemala department of Guatemala.

Economy[edit]

The main industry of the town during colonial times was the preparation of cochineal. As of 1850, Amatitlán was producing upwards of 5,000 bales, each at 150 pounds, of cochineal.[1] It has the largest duty-free zone in Guatemala, and a lot of maquila (garment assembly) factories, employing thousands of people, mainly women. The town lies by the side of Lake Amatitlán and it is a popular place for the middle class from Guatemala City to visit on weekends.

Coordinates: 14°29′N 90°37′W / 14.483°N 90.617°W / 14.483; -90.617

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baily, John (1850). Central America; Describing Each of the States of Guatemala, Honduras, Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. London: Trelawney Saunders. p. 67.