Cuscatlán is the smallest department in El Salvador, located in the center of the country. Cuscatlán was given its name by the original inhabitants of the Western part of El Salvador. In their language it means "land of precious jewels". It was created on 22 May 1835. Suchitoto was the first capital of the department but on 12 November 1861, Cojutepeque was made the capital. It is known in producing fruits, tobacco, sugar cane, and coffee among other items. The department is famous for its chorizos from the city of Cojutepeque.