A Mexican painter. He was one of three main Mexican muralists: Orozco, Rivera, and Siquieros. He painted murals in Mexico after the Mexican Revolution. His murals and other works are more realistic than the other two muralists, but they also show aspects of Pre-Colombian culture and its relationship with colonial culture in Mexico. He was very influenced by the politics and his works have Marxist messages. all his works are in Mexico City. Among his best known pieces are Nueva democracia, Victimas de la guerra, Victimas del fascismo, El tormento de Cuauhtémoc, El entierro del obrero sacrificado, Los elementos, Los mitos, and El llamado de la libertad. A Mexican painter that is most famous muralists in the world and the most famous of the three main Mexican muralists: Orozco, Rivera, and Siquieros. He was influenced by the Italian Renaissance but also by the Russian communist movement. After the Mexican Revolution, he painted several murals in Mexico City. Many of his pieces include the revalorization of the indigenous Mexican roots. They also include symbols and historical figures from the colonial period. His major works (La creación, La leyenda de Quetzalcoatl, Historia de México: de la conquista al futuro, Sueño de una tar de dominical en la Alameda Central, La historia de la cardiología) are in Mexico City in the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the Escuela Preparatoria Nacional, the Universidad Iberoamericana, and the Palacio Nacional. Other works can be found in New York and Detroit. Mexican painter part of one of the three main Mexican muralists. He did murals after the Mexican Revolution, and his work shows different aspects of the human condition. Besides the revolution, he focused on Pre-Columbian culture. He was less political than Rivera, but still political issues influenced his work. In his murals, messages of social justice for the working class and for the native Indians are found. His works can be found in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Veracruz, and New York. Among his best known pieces are Omnisciencia, Luchas proletarias, La justicia, Riquezas nacionales, Buena vida, and La independencia nacional. Spain is a democracy under a parliamentary constitutional monarchy with a hereditary monarchy and a bicameral parliament. It is a member of the EU and uses the euro. Spain's capital is Madrid, and its population was estimated at 47 million in 2011. Other important cities include Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia, Sevilla, and Zaragoza. Regarding religion, Roman catholics seem to be the most numerous. Due to Spain's climate, rich historic and cultural quality, and geographic position, tourism has become one of the main sources of income for the country. Spain is also one of the most important developers and producers of renewable energy, in particular solar power. The successful history of Spanish cinema started in the 1930s with Luis Buñuel, who was the first Spanish director to be recognized internationally through such films as Belle de Jour, El discreto encanto de la burgesía and Ese oscuro objeto del deseo. He was associated with the surrealist movement and worked in Spain, France, Mexico, and the US. Carlos Suara (La Madriguera, Cría Cuervos, Sweet Hours) was also a world-known Spanish director beginning in the 1950s. At present time, Pedro Almodóvar's works (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios, Todo acerca de mi madre, Volver) are well known in both Europe and the Americas and have made household names of some of the actors (Antonio Banderas) and actresses (Penélope Cruz) that have worked in his films. Spanish-speaking countries mostly use the metric system for all measurements. Although some units such as those of time (segundos, horas, días, etc.) and angles (degrees/grados) are the same, other units are different. For longitude and distances, Spanish use centimeters (centímetros), meters (metros), and kilometers (kilómetros), while English often uses inches (pulgadas), feet (pies), yards (yardas), and miles (millas). Gram (gramo), kilogram (kilogramo), and ton (tonelada) will be the units used in Spanish for weight; the English ones are ounce (onza), pound (libra), and ton (tonelada). When it comes to volume, Spanish uses milliliter (mililitro), centiliter (centilitro), and liter (litro), while English uses onza, cup (taza), quart (cuarto), and gallon (galón). Units in both systems are not directly equivalent and have to be convert from one system to another according to their particular relationship. In South America between Argentina and Brazil, in the area of the Rio de la Plata. In Pre-Colombian times, several indigenous peoples inhabited the area, most notably the Charrúas, who rebelled against the Spaniards who wanted to conquer the region. In 1516, Juan Díaz de Solís arrived at the Rio de la Plata, and shortly after the area we know today as Uruguay was explored. Sebastián Gaboto founded the first settlement in 1527, but it was destroyed by the Indians. in 1680, the Portuguese founded a colony that was given to the Spaniards in 1777. Montevideo was occupied the British in 1806. After fighting against the Spaniards and the Portuguese and after several different changes in the government, Uruguay was established as a state in 1825. The capital is Montevideo, and the currency is the Uruguayan peso. In South America to the south of Bolivia and to the east of Argentina. The river Paraguay divides the country into east and wet. It is interesting to note that the country does not have access to the ocean. In Pre-Colombian times, the Chané, the Agacé, and, most important, the Guaraní inhabited the area. In 1524, Alejo García was the first European to arrive in the region, and in 1525, Pedro de Mendoza began the colonization. Between 1735 and 1756 the Guarani rebelled against the Spaniards. In 1777, it was incorporated to the Viceroaylty of the Río de la Plata. Paraguay fought against Spain and against Argentina, and, in 1830, declared its independence. Paraguay has two official languages: Spanish and Guaraní. The capital is Asunción, and the currency is the gauraní. One of the three most important indigenous groups of the Pre-Colombian world. They inhabited what today is the Yucatán in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize. The Mayan culture was the most advanced in the Pre-Colombian world. The Mayans were intellectuals, and they had an arithmetic system, a calendar, and the hieroglyphic writing. The Popol Vuh is a Mayan literary work. The best known historic Mayan sites are Palenque, Copán, Tikal, Uxmal, and Chichen Itzá. The Mayan practiced human sacrifices to appease their gods. Itzamná, the supreme god, Kinich Ahau, the sun, Txchil, the moon, and Chac, the rain. Their language was Mayan. An Indian group that inhabited what is now Central Mexico. Before the arrival of Cortés, the this people were the most powerful group in Mesoamerica. The name of this people covers two groups, the Aztecs and the Mexicas. The best known leaders were Montezumas I and Montezuma II. The capital of the empire was Tenochtitlan. These people had a very developed society, with different classes. They believe the daily sacrifice of a human heart was the only way to please the sun and make sure it would shine every day so they could survive. The main gods were Quetzalcoatl, the god of life, Tezcatlipoca, the god of the sorcerers and the young warriors, Huitzilopochtli, the god of war and the sun, Tlalok, god of the rain, and Coatlicue, the mother goddess. Their language was Náhuatl. The people that inhabited the region that is now Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile. This people had a very advanced culture; its social structure was based in ayllu, or clans. The culture was also based in communal agriculture. This people extended their empire over other weaker and less advanced neighboring tribes. They had a tyrannical policy and used violence to control their subjects. The most famous sites are Machu Picchu, Cuzco, and Pisac. Their main gods were Inti, the sun god, and Viracocha, the supreme god. They were not as advanced as the Mayan and the Aztecs in questions of art. Architecture was their most important form of art. Their language was Quechua, which is still spoken in some parts of Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. The Incas practiced human sacrifices and would sacrifice a child or a virgin to please their gods. Their offerings were based on the agricultural cycle. In South America, south of the Isthmus of Panama, and is the northernmost country of South America. It borders Venezuela and the Atlantic Ocean on the east, the Pacific Ocean on the northeast, Ecuador and Peru on the southwest, and Brazil on the southeast. The Andes mountains run through the country. In Pre-Colombian times, the Chibchas, the Muiscas, and the Quechuas inhabited the area. In 1501, Rodrigo de Bastidas was the first European to arrive to the region. Between 1524 and 1534, the Spaniards colonized the area and called it Nueva Granada. In 1821, after many battles and changes in government, Colombia, together with Ecuador and Venezuela, was organized under the name República de la Gran Colombia. In 1830, and with the secession of Ecuador and Venezuela, Colombia ended with the same borders it has now. The Colombian economy is based on agriculture and its most important exports are coffee, corn, rice, sugar, cotton, and bananas. The capital is Santa Fe de Bogotá, and the currency is the Colombian peso. In 711, the Muslims from the north of Africa invaded the Iberian Peninsula and conquered most of it. What is known today as Spain was under Arab control until 1492. Due to the many years the region was under control of Muslims, Arab influence can be seen everywhere. Many of the Spanish words that begin with al- have Arab roots: álgebra, aldea, alguacil, alférez, alcoba, algodón, and alachofa. Another example is the word ojalá, which comes from the phrase "may Allah grant." Many cities in Spain show buildings with clear Muslim influences. the Most famous of these buildings is the mosque of Córdoba, whose architecture and tile decor is typically Arab. Spain is in the Iberian Peninsula and has 50 provinces. Its five main rivers are the Ebro, the Duero, the Tajo, the Guadiana, and the Guadalquivir. Spanish is the official language of their country, although in some parts of the country other languages are spoken, for example Catalon in Catalonia, Galician in Galicia, and Basque in the Basque Country. Spain can be divided in the following regions: north, center, south, east, and extraterritorial possessions. Spain is significant as the country where the Spanish language originated. Its capital is Madrid and its currency is the Euro. Mexican poet and essayist. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990. He can be classified neither as an idealist nor as a symbolist because his way of writing was very unique. The concepts he most often touched in his works to loneliness and existential restlessness. His most important poetry works are Libertad bajo palabra, Piedra de sol, Salamandra, Ladera este, Topoemas, Prueba del nueve, Arbol adentro, and Obra poética. The most famous of his prose work is El laberinto de la soledad, el arco y la lira, Corriente alterna, and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz o las trampas de la fe. Chilean poet with Marxist convictions. He identified with the victims of wars, social injustice, and tyranny. He is known as one of the most important poets of the 20th century. His works are modernistic and celebrate nature and the American man. In 1971, he won the Nobel prize for Literature for his poetry, which includes Crepúsculo, Veinte poemas de amor y una canción deseperada, España en el corazón, Residencia en al tierra, Canto general, Odas elementales, and Cantos ceremoniales. Uruguayan writer, best known for his short stories. He lived most of his life in Argentina, and he also wrote poetry. He was influenced by Edgar Allan Poe, and his stories have elements of horror, American nature, and the supernatural. He is known as a writer of bizarre. His main work of poetry is "Arrecifes de coral." HIs stories include El crimen del otro, Historia de un amor turbio, cuentos de amor, de locura y de muerte, Cuentos de la selva, Anaconda, and Los desterrados. He also wrote a short novel, Pasado amor. Mexican writer, known mainly for his novels. In his novels, he examines Mexican culture and seeks a way to preserve it. His novels include several themes and aspects of human psychology. They are based in the historical and explore real themes but in fictional works. His novels include La region más transparente, Las buenas conciencias, Cambio de piel, La muerte de Artemio Cruz, Aura, Zona sagrada, Terra nostra, Cumpleaños, La cabeza de hidra, Gringo viejo, Cristóbal Nonato, and La frontera de cristal His writing also includes essays and theater plays, but his novels are his most significant works. Argentine author who wrote stories, essays, and novels. He lived for a while in Europe, but returned to Argentina to study. He had great influence in the narrative art. He was a surrealist and his work deals with reality, fantasy, and the absurd. He used realistic images of the monstrous to transmit his ideas in his novels. His most famous works are Rayuela, Final del juego, Bestario, Las armas secretas, Todos los fuegos el fuego, Alguien que anda por ahí, Los premios, and Nicaragua tan violentamente dulce. Mexican writer who wrote novels and short stories. He is considered the most profound of the Mexican prose writers of the 40s. He is known as a writer of magical realism. He created historical stories based on ignorant, poor, and desolated country people. His work deals with social injustice, hard life, pain, and suffering. The magical aspects of his works include the fantastic and the supernatural, such as the use of ghosts as characters in his works. Although he wrote only two pieces, a collection of stories, El llano en llamas, and a novel, Pedro Páramo, he won several awards. Built between the 12th and 13th century in Granada when the Moors occupied Spain. After the Spaniards recovered their land, the Catholic kings built their own palaces in the Alhambra, therefore it has both Islamic and Christian architectural elements. The Alhambra is a very large complex, with several buildings and different components, including courts, fountains, gardens, etc. It is known for its ornamentation, which is made of marble, stucco, and tile. At the present time it continues to be a very important touristic attraction, and in 1984 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Writer born in Peru. Shortly after, she moved to Chile with her family, and she considers herself Chilean. She mixed in her works the fantastic with the real. Her works could be classified as of the magic realism genre. Her most celebrated piece is La casa de los espíritus, in which she follows a Chilean family for four generations. In the novel, she examines sociopolitical issues in Chile in the postcolonial period. Other works from her are De amor y de sombra, Eva Luna, Cuentos de Eva Luna, El plan infinito, Paula, Hija de la fortuna, La ciudad de las bestias, and Inés del alma mía. She continues to write novels, and in 2009, she published Los amigos son los amigos and La isla bajo el mar. Spanish writer who wrote poetry, theater plays, and prose. He founded the Teatro Nacional de España, and he is known as the father of modern comedy. Important subjects of his work are national history and honor. His most famous theater pieces include El perro del hortelano, La viuda de Valencia, and Fuente Ovejuna. His works in prose include Arcadia, El peregrino, and La Dorotea. His poems include "El Isidro," "Rimas sacras," "La Filomena," and "La Circe." Today, Spain is a democracy under a parliamentary constitutional monarchy with a hereditary monarchy and a bicameral parliament. It is a member of the European Union and its currency is the euro. Spain's capital is Madrid, and its population was estimated at 47 million in 2011. Other important cities in Spain include Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia, Sevilla, and Zaragoza. Regarding religion, Roman Catholics continue to be the most numerous. Due to Spain's climate, rich historic and cultural quality, and geographic position, tourism has become one of the main sources of income for the country. Spain is also one of the most important developers and producers of renewable energy, in particular solar power.