Making Tortilla, Salvador

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Salvador (säl´ vå-dr) is about the size of New Jersey. With the exception of the Canal Zone, it is the smallest division of Central America; and it is the smallest nation in the Western Hemisphere (hm´ -sfr). It is the only one of the Central American republics that does not touch both oceans. The country is rectangular in shape, with its southwestern face resting on the Pacific. The country is densely peopled. On an average, more than 150 people live on each square mile of its territory. Most of them are Indians or half-breeds. They are a happy people, and progressive. You see here a native women at one of the common tasks. She is making corn cakes, or tortillas (tr-tl´ yä) as they are called. The word "tortillas" means "little tart". The corn is first parboiled, and then crushed with a stone rolling pin on a stone table. The pasty substance thus formed is made into cakes and baked. The chief products of Salvador are gathered from its fields and forests. They are coffee, sugar, indigo, rubber, and balsam of Peru. The country exports yearly about 25,000,000 pounds of coffee. The balsam of Peru does not grow in Peru at all, but is found only in Salvador. The balsam is made from the sap of a tree, and is used in drugs to help heal wounds. Next to the plant crops in value stand the minerals. Gold, silver, copper, and lead are found. Salvador is a volcanic country and has frequent earthquakes. The most interesting volcano is Izalco. In 1770 the earth opened on a farm. Fire, smoke, and lava burst forth. The mountain is now 6,000 feet high, and every 10 or 20 minutes emits smoke and cinders. At night it lights up the sky far out at sea. It is therefore called "The Lighthouse of Salvador". Which direction is Salvador from Panama? Keystone ID: 12860 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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