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Americans in Guatemala

Americans in Guatemala
"Estadounidenses en Guatemala"
Entrance to the old United Fruit Company building, St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans. Now houses a bank.
Total population
6,417 American citizens in Guatemala[1]
Regions with significant populations
Guatemala City, Antigua Guatemala and Panajachel
American English · Guatemalan Spanish
Related ethnic groups
American diaspora

Americans in Guatemala refers to the arrival of United States citizens who have settled in Guatemala, with purposes entrepreneurs, tourist and teaching of English. According to the U.S. State Department, about 6,417 Americans live in the country.[1]


  • History 1
  • American influence in Guatemala 2
    • The English 2.1
    • Protestantism 2.2
    • The Halloween 2.3
    • Mormons in Guatemala 2.4
  • See also 3
  • References 4


In the late of the nineteenth century, there was a growing of involvement from United States and Germany in Central America. During most of this century, the imports of Guatemala had been dominated by England, followed by France, Germany and the United States. However, in 1879, the United States surpassed France and Germany and in 1889, England.[2]

The United Fruit Company sought the help of President [3] Today there are companies operating in Guatemala as Compassion Guatemala, OLX, Aventours Travel Agency - Visit The Heart of the Mayan World, etc.

American influence in Guatemala

There is much American influence in Guatemala, from the language, religion, traditions and economic influence.

The English

Guatemala is the fourth Latin American country where it is spoken English. While in Guatemala only 5% of the population speaks that language, the Swedish company Education First, place the country on 4th place in Latin America in the knowledge of this language. The study establishes the English Proficiency Index (EPI), and places Guatemalans ranked 27th with a score of 47.80 (Lower Level), only surpassed in the region by Argentina, which was placed on the 16 with 54.49; Mexico 51.48 (Intermediate) and Costa Rica 49.15 (Low Level).[4]


In 1882, under the presidency of General Justo Rufino Barrios, became the first Protestant missionary in Guatemala officially received the Presbyterian pastor John C. Hill. In 1887 he replaced the Presbyterian minister Eduardo M, Haymaker, who worked in Guatemala over 60 years. By 1900 entered the Central Guatemala Mission, the Friends (Quakers), the Primitive Methodist Church and the Church of the Nazarene.[5]

The Halloween

the celebration was propagated in Guatemala in the 1920s, when US troops deployed a military base in the current Campo Marte. During the 40s it spread to young people who had more freedom of expression during the government of President Juan José Arévalo.[6]

Mormons in Guatemala

There are also communities of American Mormon missionaries, who are mainly from Utah and Nebraska, there is a Mormon church in the City of Guatemala and Quetzaltenango.

See also


  1. ^ a b The Embassy of the United States of America (Guatemala City, Guatemala)
  2. ^ Association for the Promotion of Historical Studies in Central America (AFEHC) "A finales del siglo XIX, las relaciones comerciales y diplomáticas de Francia con Guatemala vivían ya en un segundo plano frente a la creciente injerencia de Estados Unidos y Alemania en Centroamérica. Durante la mayor parte de ese siglo, las importaciones de Guatemala habían estado dominadas por Inglaterra, seguida de Francia, Alemania y Estados Unidos. Sin embargo, en 1879, Estados Unidos rebasó a Francia y Alemania y en 1889 a Inglaterra." Guatemala, 2007.
  3. ^ "La influencia de Estados Unidos en la política interior y exterior de Guatemala y sus consecuencias para los intereses nacionales en la administración Alfonso portillo 2000-2003" [The influence of the in domestic and foreign policy of Guatemala and its consequences for the national interest in the Alfonso Portillo administration 2000-2003] (PDF).  
  4. ^ In Guatemala 5% of the population speaks English
  5. ^ Rios Paredes M., Reseña historica de las Iglesias Centroamaericanas, Guatemala, 1972.
  6. ^ Halloween in Guatemala-History
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