EL PROGRESSO is a department in Guatemala, and it is called that. The capital city of the department is Guastatoya. After the Spanish took Guatemala, the Spanish set up shop in the region by 1551. There was a department called El Progreso in 1908, but it was abolished in 1920. In 1934, it was renamed El Progreso. Guastatoya was very bad hit by the earthquake in Guatemala in 1976.
The department is in the northeastern part of Guatemala. It is next to the departments of Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, Guatemala, Jalapa, and Zacapa, which are all in Guatemala. The department is in a middle place between the hot lowlands and the cooler Guatemalan Highlands. It has a mostly hot climate. A river called the Motagua is the most important in the area. A mountain range runs through the department to the north. Guastatoya, Sanarate, and San Agustn Acasaguastlan are the three main cities with the most people in El Progreso. In this area, the CA-9 Atlantic Highway runs through it. This highway connects Guatemala City and the Atlantic port of Puerto Barrios.
Almost all of the people in the department are Spanish-speaking Ladinos. The population is growing, but not as quickly as the rest of the country. People who aren't very smart are getting less likely to be.