1898–1920: The times of Manuel Estrada Cabrera

    Those years are marked by the rule of the authoritarian president of Guatemala - Manuel Estrada Cabrera. He was the 13th president of this country, a lawyer by profession. He became a president after José María Reina Barrios was murdered and he was designated as his successor. There are nice urban legends that on the meeting that had to name the new president, Cabrera came with a pistol to secure his future position.

    The years of Cabrera were mainly good for Guatemala. It was a time of strong industrial and transportation development. Unfortunately, later downfall could be seen in a rising influence of the United Fruit Company. Cabrera ruled the country with an iron fist, using political assassinations and threats like legitimate methods. On the other hand, he also was a victim of assassination attempts, but also had a pretty grim personal life after his wife died of tuberculosis and two sons committed a suicide.

    All in all, it was the time of many public projects, the time of changes and attempts to modernize Guatemala. Earthquakes of 1917 and 1918 didn't help and Cabrera's four terms ended up in a sense of bitterness, of disappointment.

    8th Avenue South, Guatemala City
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    Gardens of Colon Theatre
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    Post office building in 1910
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    Unknown theater hall.
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    Panajachel with Atitlan Lake in 1900
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    Xela, Central Park 1905
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    Church of San Antonio de Padua, 1910
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    Municipal Theater in 1908, Quetzaltenang...
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    Military orchestra 1899
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    Guatemalan automobile club 1910
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