Ecuador Country Information
Population 15.9 million. Physically the size of Arizona or Colorado
Ecuador became part of the Inca Empire in the mid late 1400s
Conquered by Spanish under Pizarro in 1535
Independence from Spain:1822
History: Heavily indigenous origin population. Haciendas and subsistance agriculture.
Economics: Oil, roses, cacao, shrimp, tourism
Politics: Revolución Ciudadana. Socialist government with high dependence on state planning. Plan to use oil revenues to build infrastructure that will ween the country away from oil.
Language: Spanish and Kichwa with several smaller indigenous languages.