What I love about facts is you can’t have an opinion about them. Facts exist or don’t. But you can’t tag a fact as good or bad.
I went with my family to celebrate El Salvador’s independency. The tradition is to attend the several parades happening that day. But we were so late that we only got to the army parade.
As I was standing there watching them using those vehicles, I was just thinking about how they feel and how proud they are to serve and protect our country, since that’s the purpose of joining the army. Also, I thought about how much of the people don’t respect their jobs or at least, their tools. I know it was a parade, but people were walking in front of these cars without thinking these are actually weapons, not toys to walk in front of them like it isn’t a big deal. And then, I remember that these weapons are used at war.
To be honest, I didn’t know what to feel about this. I didn’t know if I should be proud, concerned or annoyed but then I realized war happened. My opinion or my feelings don’t change that. War is a fact. War is a part of El Salvador’s history.
When you’re starting a relationship, you don’t care about the past, you start building from the now and so on. But you respect the story of your significant other. You take the time to listen, knowing that you can’t change a thing about them in the past but that they’re giving you the opportunity to work in their future.
That’s exactly how I feel about this detail. Maybe it’s ok to not have an opinion about politics or social sciences or war about my country, maybe it’s for the best to just study the past, accept it and work forward.
It seems like people nowadays NEED to have an opinion about everything but if everyone’s giving their opinion, who’s actually building the history? It seems we take so much time analyzing opinions and not looking for facts to build the future. And what’s worse, when someone famous gives their opinion, we give an opinion about them, personally, and not about their opinion, and it just become a never ending game.
But opinions don’t last. As a matter of fact, the same person can change their opinion in days or minutes. What lasts are facts, because facts exist or don’t. People who study history and write history books, look for facts, not opinions. Facts make a country the way it is. That is why I’m taking the time to find facts about El Salvador I want to remember forever.
Facts about El Salvador I want to remember forever.
- About 20,000 years ago, the Fonseca gulf had volcanos but now, we can only see the top of those volcanos, which are our islands.
- The Ilopango and Coatepeque lakes were once volcanos, the base of the volcanos. Both had massive eruptions destroying the actual volcano. Rain was responsible to fill those hollows to be the lakes we now know.
- A tsunami reached El Salvador on February 15th, 1902 and it caused the death of 185 salvadorans.
- The Izalco volcano has been, historically, the most active in El Salvador for almost 2 centuries. Its activity stopped in 1966, the same year a hotel was opened in front of the volcano with touristic purposes due to its constant spectacule.
- El Salvador has two no-shadow days per year (April 26th and August 18th), which means at noon, no object projects a shadow. This happens because the Sun is at its highest point over our country.
- Balsam recin is the only commercially valuable forest product El Salvador exports. Its extracted from the Balsam Coast in Sonsonate.
- Petacones cheese has a nice and distinctive flavor and odor. This effect comes from a palm grove better known as Royal Coyol (Acrocomia vinifera). Royal Coyol grows a fruit and when it’s on point, it’s given to the cattle and that’s how the Petacones cheese gets its distinctive flavor and odor from a palm grove.
- The Lempa River’s name comes from the indigenous term “atlempa”. Atl is for water. Tlenti is for lips or shoreline/border. Pa is for in. Atlempa altogether means “in the border of water” or at the water’s edge. Then, it lost the prefix to what we now know: Lempa = water’s edge. What’s more interesting, the Lempa River used to be a natural border between autoctone indigenous populations – Lenca and Pipil – during the Conquest and the Colony.
- The Güija Lake is 20 meters deep. At the bottom of the Güija Lake are aboriginal ancient cities.
- The Civil War (1979-1992) happened in 7 states (of 14): Cabañas, San Vicente, Cuscatlán, Chalatenango, Usulután, Morazán and San Miguel.
I found these facts in the first 87 pages of the Encyclopedia of El Salvador. ❤
There’re more to come!