El Salvador

[El Salvador] Republic in Central America. Christianity was introduced into this region in the 16th century by missionaries who accompanied the Spanish explorers and conquerors. After its emancipation from Spain in 1821, Salvador joined the Federation of Central America, and in 1839, with the dissolution of the Federation, became an independent republic. Civil war raged from 1980 to 1992, but was settled by government treaty with the rebels. Free exercise of all religions is guaranteed with over 80% of the country being Catholic. Ecclesiastically the country is governed by the archdiocese of the dioceses of and the See also
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