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There are almost 200 sovereign states in the world today; in 1950 there were only 82. Over the last half-century national self-determination has been a driving force for many states with a history of colonialism and oppression. As more borders have been added to the world map, the number of international border disputes has increased. In many cases, where the impetus toward independence has been religious or ethnic, disputes with minority groups have also caused violent internal conflict. While many newly-formed states have moved peacefully toward independence, successfully establishing government by multiparty democracy, dictatorship by military regime or individual despot is often the result of the internal power-struggles which characterize the early stages in the lives of new nations.

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Countries in Central America with Google maps and Gazetteers

Browse the most comprehensive and up-to-date online directory of countries and administrative regions in Central America. Regions and Google maps with places in Central America are sorted in alphabetical order from level 1 to level 2 and eventually up to level 3 regions. Google Maps and Driving Directions to Central America are here for you, do not wait, explore Central America and the beautiful countries of this continent now!

Anguilla (36 google map locations)
Antigua and Barbuda (7 google map locations)
Aruba (101 google map locations)
Bahamas, The (21 google map locations)
Barbados (11 google map locations)
Belize (6 google map locations)
British Virgin Islands (23 google map locations)
Cayman Islands (65 google map locations)
Cocos (Keeling) Islands (1 google map locations)
Costa Rica (7 google map locations)
Cuba (15 google map locations)
Dominica (10 google map locations)
Dominican Republic (701 google map locations)
El Salvador (14 google map locations)
Grenada (28 google map locations)
Guadeloupe (421 google map locations)
Guatemala (22 google map locations)
Haiti (9 google map locations)
Honduras (18 google map locations)
Jamaica (14 google map locations)
Martinique (485 google map locations)
Mexico (32 google map locations)
Montserrat (3 google map locations)
Navassa Island
Netherlands Antilles (203 google map locations)
Nicaragua (17 google map locations)
Panama (10 google map locations)
Puerto Rico (1953 google map locations)
Saint Kitts and Nevis (14 google map locations)
Saint Lucia (11 google map locations)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (6 google map locations)
Trinidad and Tobago (23 google map locations)
Turks and Caicos Islands (18 google map locations)
Virgin Islands (205 google map locations)

The nature of politics

Democracy is a broad term: it can range from the ideal of multiparty elections and fair representation to, in countries such as Singapore, a thin disguise for singleparty rule. In despotic regimes, on the other hand, a single, often personal authority has total power; institutions such as parliament and the military are mere instruments of the dictator.

The changing world map

Decolonization In 1950, large areas of the world remained under the control of a handful of European countries. The process of decolonization had begun in Asia, where, following the Second World War, much of southern and southeastern Asia sought and achieved self-determination. In the 1960s, a host of African states achieved independence, so that by 1965, most of the larger tracts of the European overseas empires had been substantially eroded. The final major stage in decolonization came with the breakup of the Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc after 1990. The process continues today as the last toeholds of European colonialism, often tiny island nations, press increasingly for independence.

The determination of international boundaries can use a variety of criteria. Many of the borders between older states follow physical boundaries; some mirror religious and ethnic differences; others are the legacy of complex histories of conflict and colonialism, while others have been imposed by international agreements or arbitration.

Post-colonial borders

When the European colonial empires in Africa were dismantled during the second half of the 20th century, the outlines of the new African states mirrored colonial boundaries. These boundaries had been drawn up by colonial administrators, often based on inadequate geographical knowledge. Such arbitrary boundaries were imposed on people of different languages, racial groups, religions, and customs. This confused legacy often led to civil and international war.

Physical borders

Many of the world’s countries are divided by physical borders: lakes, rivers, mountains. The demarcation of such boundaries can, however, lead to disputes. Control of waterways, water supplies, and fisheries are frequent causes of international friction.

International disputes

There are more than 60 disputed borders or territories in the world today. Although many of these disputes can be settled by peaceful negotiation, some areas have become a focus for international conflict. Ethnic tensions have been a major source of territorial disagreement throughout history, as has the ownership of, and access to, valuable natural resources. The turmoil of the postcolonial era in many parts of Africa is partly a result of the 19th century “carve-up” of the continent, which created potential for conflict by drawing often arbitrary lines through linguistic and cultural areas.

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