Rebuilding Destroyed Cities
Once the capital of Guatemala, Antigua was moved twice before it was abandoned and the capital set elsewhere. After Mayan conflicts with the Spanish led it to move from what is now Iximche to the Alotenango Valley, a volcano eruption in 1541 forced the city to relocate once again, this time to its current location in the Panchoy Valley. A series of earthquakes in the 18th century led the Spanish crown to decree that the the capital be moved to present-day Guatemala City.
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