• El Salvador becomes a Spanish colony.

  • El Salvador joins the United Provinces of Central America, two years after gaining its independence from Spain.

  • The United Provinces of Central America is dissolved and El Salvador becomes independent. 

  • Coffee growing is introduced which begins to boosts the economy immensely and eventually becomes one of the largest exporters in the world. 

  • The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which is an expansion of NAFTA to 5 Central American countries and the Dominican Republic, comes into effect.

  • The US increases its aid to El Salvador to combat gang violence and help repatriated citizens from the US, as it speeds up deportations.

  • El Salvador severs diplomatic relations with Taiwan and recognizes China instead. 


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