El Sal·va·dor (sălvə-dôr′, säl′vä-dôr)
A country of Central America bordering on the Pacific Ocean. Conquered by Spain in 1524, the region gained its independence in 1821, joined (1825-1838) a federation of Central American states, and became a separate republic in 1839. The country was ruled by a series of military governments from 1931 to 1979 and was embroiled in a civil war from 1980 to 1992. San Salvador is the capital and the largest city.
El Sal′va·dori·an (săl′və-dôrē-ən) adj. & n.
(click for a larger image)El Salvador
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