Water and Fire: The History of Guatemala City

October 16, 2017

 Guatamala_Panorama1 2048 EPOD (2)

Photographer: Cesar Cantu
Summary Author: Cesar Cantu

Featured above are the volcanoes Agua, at left, and Acatenango at right. Behind Acatenango is  Volcán Fuego. In his compendium of the history of Guatemala City, Domingo Juarros states that the population was unable to prosper because of a formidable torrent of water from Agua (the Volcano of Water) on September 11, 1541. "The torrent brought with it great rocks that destroyed part of the buildings and mistreated the rest."

A second city of Guatemala was founded, today called Antigua, but in 1737 during the prelude to eruptions of Fuego (the Volcano of Fire), strong earthquakes caused significant damage, which again forced the relocation of Guatemala City to its current location. Photo taken from hillside in San Cristóbal, just west of Guatemala City, on July 30, 2017.

Photo Details:  Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D; Lens: EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM; Focal Length: 35mm; Aperture: ƒ/10.0; Exposure Time: 0.0025 s (1/400); ISO equiv: 100; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows).