A Street Scene in Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Ecuador is one of the small countries of South America. It is about the size of the state of Arizona and has a population of 1 1/2 million. It is the only country in the world named after an imaginary line. The Equator cuts the country into two parts, and it is from this word that the name of the country comes. It is the last country southward in the wester tier of countries in South America that is supplied with rain. Its capital is Quito, but its chief city is Guayaquil. Guayaquil is situated on the gulf of the [san?] name. This gulf is the outlet of the Guayaquil River, the largest river on the western coast in South America. It is a city with a population of 80,000, making it about the size of Des Moines. Guayaquil imports annually from the United States and Europe over $10,000,000 worth of products. It exports an equal amount of goods consisting of coffee, rubber, hides, and cocoa. Guayaquil is one of the wettest and most unhealthful cities in the world. The country surrounding it is flooded during the rainy season each year. Many of its streets are dirty and many of the houses are built of bamboo laths so that they will not be toppled over by the frequent earthquakes. This is one of the most beautiful sections of the city. The white houses with their [d?] tiled roofs, taken together with the spires of the churches, make a pleasing picture against the background of hills. The little Spanish maiden is posing for her picture. The country is naturally very rich in its forests, its soil, and in its minerals. None of these [?] worked properly, so that the whole country does not produce as much as a small New England city. Keystone ID: 21872 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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