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GALLINI, Stefania. The environment: between representation and ecology - A case study of Guatemala, 19th century. Varia hist. [online]. 2005, vol.21, n.33, pp. 76-104. ISSN 0104-8775. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-87752005000100005.
Guatemala - where the culture of coffee became relevant - was the target of intense idealization of its nature, at the same time that it was exalted as an essentially agricultural nation. Such images were built upon natural bases as well as upon social and historical representations. Many studies point to the existence of two homogeneous macroregions in the territory. However, each one of them presents an ecological composition much more varied than is traditionally supposed, which is one of the main factors for understanding the historical constitution of coffee plantation regions in that country.
Keywords : Guatemala's environmental history; Guatemala's ecology and geography; Costa Cuca region.