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James E Hogan Ms Petersen English 280 Task Force Montagua New Horizons II And thats when my consciousness was born -Rigoberta Menchu In the early part of 1999 Guatemala was hit with both a hurricane and an earthquake The United States government agreed to activate troops to be sent to Guatemala and several of its neighbors My unit being Military Police was sent to provide force protection for all American service members working in and around Guatemala I will provide some information on Guatemala and then provide a detailed account of my mission Task Force Montagua New Horizons II The country of Guatemala is mostly mountains with narrow coastal plains and rolling limestone plateaus AOL online The climate is tropical hot humid in lowlands cooler in the highlands AOL online During my trip the temperatures ranged from ninety to one hundred fourteen degrees in Puerto Barrios Guatemalas land is mostly forests and woodland 54 AOL online The rest of the countrys land is used for the production of coffee sugar and bananas which are Guatemalas key exports The people of Guatemala are a very diverse group There are three different religions practiced in Guatemala Roman Catholic Protestant and traditional Mayan Burgos-Debray states that there are twenty-two indigenous ethnic groups in Guatemala twenty-three including the Mestizos or Ladinos pg1 The indigenous people of Guatemala are the of the Mayan Indian descent The Ladinos are Spanish speaking and of Spanish descent from the days when this area was controlled by Spain Ladinos make up approximately 56 of the population and the Indian peoples make up approximately 44 of the populationAOL online Also there are many different languages spoke in Guatemala Most of the population 60 speaks Spanish but the rest of the population speaks one of twenty-three different Mayan dialects Guatemala is a very young democracy In 1996 the voters of Guatemala elected Alvaro Arzu Irigoyen president World Book 1998 Before this election Guatemala
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