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Author(s): Rodríguez, Carlos Granja
1. General The population of the Republic of Ecuador is divided between the coastal plains (40 percent), the sierra, or Andes, region (58 percent), and the eastern lowlands, the primeval Amazon forest, which is increasingly being opened up (2 percent). The ethnic makeup of society reflects the postcolonial situation, with approximately 55 percent mestizo (mixed Amerindian and Spanish), 25 percent Amerindian (mostly Quechua), 10 percent Spanish, and 10 percent black. The Indians of Ecuador are mostly illiterate and are socially, politically, and economically marginalized. The ov…