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D. d. d. 1500 Post-Classic From its culture hearth in the lowlands of Mesoamerica, Mayan civilization spread over a wide territory. By the Early Classic period, it included the Yucatán Peninsula; the moun- tains and Petén region of Guatemala, Tabasco, and Chiapas in Mexico; and western Honduras. Honduras Through Time Mayan control over these lands was never absolute. Much like the classic Greeks, the Maya were organized into small semi-independent city-states. Each of the major subregions competed with its neighbors for control of trade routes and for religious prestige.
The derisive term Banana Republic was applied to Honduras and other Central and South American states dependent on banana exports. The United States developed closer trade and investment relationships with Central America. S. S. government came to view the region in a new light. The last vestiges of the colonial Spanish Empire in the Western Hemisphere were gone with the conclusion of the SpanishAmerican War in 1898. The United States now saw the Carib- bean basin as being within its exclusive sphere of influence.
To settle the dispute, the United States orga- nized a conference of Central American presidents in Decem- ber 1922. S. negotiators, a treaty of neutrality was written and a Central American court of justice was planned. Measures were drawn up to limit armaments and to advance economic development in the region. The various treaties and agreements were ratified by the participants in 1923, but little was done to put them into effect. The following year, a frustrated candidate for the Honduran presidency established another dictatorship.