The New Student's Reference Work/San Salvador
San Salvador (säl′vȧ-dōr′), the capital of the republic of Salvador, is built at the foot of the extinct volcano of San Salvador (8,360 feet). The houses are mostly of one story, with thick walls, on account of earthquakes. The government buildings are handsome, and a fine cathedral is not yet finished. The city was founded in 1528. In 1854 it was a fine, well-built city, with a population of over 25,000, but on the night of April 16 it was wholly destroyed by an earthquake. Violent shocks of earthquake have been felt in 1873, 1879 and 1891. Population 59,540. See Salvador.