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Ecuador Country Information


  • Population 15.9 million.  Physically the size of Arizona or Colorado 

  • Ecuador became part of the Inca Empire in the mid late 1400s

  • Conquered by Spanish under Pizarro in 1535

  • Independence from Spain:1822

  • History: Heavily indigenous origin population.  Haciendas and subsistance agriculture. 

  • Economics:  Oil, roses, cacao, shrimp, tourism

  • Politics: Revolución Ciudadana.  Socialist government with high dependence on state planning. Plan to use oil revenues to build infrastructure that will ween the country away from oil.

  • Language:  Spanish and Kichwa with several smaller indigenous languages.

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