January 2006
World Almanac & Book of Facts;2006, p822
The article presents information about Peru. The country is spread across 496,226 square miles. The official languages are both Spanish and Quechua. The country has opted for republican form of government. Coffee, cotton, sugarcane, rice, wheat, potatoes, and coca are some of the chief crops. On October 3, 1968, a military coup ousted President Fernando Belaunde Terry. In 1968-74, the military government started socialist programs. Food shortages, escalating foreign debt, and strikes led to another coup in 1976.


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