Ecuador:
By: Dakota, Jake, and Emily
The Ecuador map:
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Major cities include:
Guayaquil which has near 2 million people
Quito which has over one million people currently living there.
Cuenca which has a little under half a million.

Ecuador flag and meaning:
The current flag of Ecuador was officially adopted on September 26, 1860. The red, green and blue are the colors of Francisco de Miranda, the South American revolutionist and adventurer. Yellow is the color of the federation, red is to indicate the courage and blue symbolizes independence from Spain. The centered coat of arms is topped with a condor.
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Ecuador's Location:
Ecuador is located in the northwest region in South America.
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Official Language:
The official language is Spanish, but there are thirteen other indigenous languages also spoken.

Population:
15.2 million people live in this country.

Geography:
There is a total land area of 283,520 km^2, or approximately the size of Nevada.
Ecuador borders the Pacific ocean on the west border, with Columbia and Peru on the East side. They have a desert like climate on southern border, and have the Andes Mountains through the country, and the plains of the Amazon Basin. They also have active volcanoes and many rivers.
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Religions:
About 80% of people are Catholic, 11% are protestant, 7% other, and 7% atheist.
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This is the San Francisco church. It's one of the most famous in Ecuador.

Political system:
This is a Presidential Republic.
They have a President and Vice President and the people vote for them both.

Additional facts:
94% of the population speaks Spanish.
Ecuador is a medium income country.
Their new constitution, created in 2008, was the first to legally enforce the rights of nature, or ecosystem rights.
There are many races and ethnic groups living here.
Mestizos, or mixed blood people, make up over 65% of people.
Their life expectancy is 78 years for females, and 73 years for males.

History of Immigrants:
In the past 25 years, Ecuador has experienced two major waves of emigration, sending 10 to 15 percent of Ecuadorians overseas, mostly to Spain, the United States, Italy, Venezuela, with a small but growing number in Chile.

Migration from Lebanese started as early as 1875. Though they immigrated from to escape Ottoman Turkish oppression, they were called "Turks" by the Ecuadorians because they carried Ottoman passports. The number of Lebanese decedents in Ecuador is not too clear, an estimate from 1986 put it as high as 97,500. They primarily settled in Quito and Guayaquil.

Slang Words:
Buena Fecha - this is used when someone is dresses really fancy
Chevere - used to describe something that's good or cool
Mentira - a lie
Del Puctas - awesome
Mijin - pal
Buneaso - used to describe something a really good
Atatay- really horrible

Ecuadorian Music Festivals:
The most well known genre of music is called "Pasillo". It is meant to represent the highland regions of
Columbia, and little of Panama and Venezuela.
The pacific coast is known for music called "Amor fino" which is "dance music".


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They wear exotic dresses while performing!

Current Events:
1) Ecuador is talking with the United States Embassy saying that they should shut down the military cooperation office staffed with about 20 people from the defense department.
2) There was a deadly earthquake near the capital (Quito) and killed 2 people caused by a landslide.

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This is an earthquake that happened recently in Ecuador.




Websites used:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuador
http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_area#Total_area
https://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Demographics_of_Ecuador.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Ecuador
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Ecuador
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Ecuador
http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/ecuador-diversity-migration
http://www.trishavelarmino.com/2014/04/quick-guide-ecuadorian-spanish-slang.html