The World Factbook: Background: :: What is now Ecuador formed part of the northern Inca Empire until the Spanish conquest in 1533. Quito became a seat of Spanish colonial government in 1563 and part of the Viceroyalty of New Granada in 1717. The territories of the Viceroyalty - New Granada (Colombia), Venezuela, and Quito - gained their independence between 1819 and 1822 and formed a federation known as Gran Colombia. When Quito withdrew in 1830, the traditional name was changed in favor of the "Republi...read more [Source: The World Factbook] Wikipedia: The Galápagos Islands (official name: Archipiélago de Colón, other Spanish names: Islas Galápagos, Spanish pronunciation: [ɡaˈlapaɣos]) are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, 926 km (575 mi) west of continental Ecuador, of which they are a part.
The Galápagos Islands and their surrounding waters form an Ecuadorian province, a national park, and a biological marine reserve. The principal language on the island...read more [Source: Wikipedia]
Expertise (alphabetical order)
Official WebsitesConsejo de Gobierno del Régimen Especial ...UNESCO - Galapagos Islands...Charles Darwin Foundation...
Research CentresCenter For Galapagos Studies...Charles Darwin Foundation...
Museum CollectionsAustralian Museum...Te Papa Tongarewa...
Languages More on Ethnologue
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