34 Interesting facts about Honduras

34 Interesting facts about Honduras
Today we will help you out to know about some awesome and interesting facts about Honduras, you will be amazed after reading these interesting facts about Honduras.

Interesting facts about Honduras

  • The term “banana republic” was first applied to Honduras by the American writer O. Henry, because of the influence of the US banana companies.
  • The official language of Honduras is Spanish.
  • It is said that Christopher Columbus said after leaving a storm: “Thank God we have come out of these depths.” And Honduras called the territory, and thanks to God, where it came from.
  • It was called “the war of soccer” to the armed conflict that occurred as a result of the military aggression of El Salvador against Honduras, after a match between these two countries. The real objective of the Salvadoran aggression was to contain its demographic pressure.
  • Hondurans are known as “catrachos” because of General Florencio Xatruch, who fought in Nicaragua against the filibuster William Walker. “Catracho” is a deformation of the name Xatruch. “There come the xatruches” they said at the beginning; In a while they said: “Here come the catrachos”.
  • The capital of Honduras is formed by two cities: Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela.
  • The currency of Honduras is the lempira, and it is named in honor of an indigenous cacique who fought to the death against the Spanish conquistadors. It is assumed that the bill of a lempira has a stamped face that represents the face of the legendary cacique, but instead contains the image of an American Indian red skin.
  • Honduras is located in the waist or isthmus that unites North America with South America, and that was the result of the clash of those two continental masses. If it were not for the existence of the Central American isthmus – in which Honduras is located in the central part – the marine currents would have taken other directions, the climate would have been different in Africa, and the human being would not have evolved as he did.
  • The military base of Soto Cano, known as Palmerola, is of strategic importance for the United States.
  • Because of its strategic geographical position, Honduras is a necessary step for drug trafficking coming from South America.
  • It is believed that in Trujillo the first Mass was celebrated in the American continent.
  • The Río Plátano Biosphere was nominated as one of the seven new wonders of the world.
  • In Honduras there are no active volcanoes, and there is only one natural lake: Lake Yojoa.
  • In Comayagua you can find one of the oldest watches in the world.
  • In Yoro there is the phenomenon of fish rains. Literally, fish fall from the sky.
  • Most of the population is of catholic religion, and the Virgin of Suyapa -represented by a tiny statuette- is considered the Patroness of Honduras. There is also an important growth of the evangelical sects, which are disputed by the faithful with the Catholic Church.
  • Contrary to what happens on the mainland, in the Bay Islands the Protestant religion predominates, due to the early English influence.
  • With the amount of coral reefs in the Bay Islands, Honduras is the second country in the world with the most coral reefs after Australia.
  • In addition to receiving gifts at Christmas, children are celebrated and receive gifts on September 10, the day of the Honduran child.

  • The Mayans were the most advanced pre-Colombian culture in the current territory of Honduras, but when the Spanish conquerors arrived that magnificent culture had disappeared. The Maya inhabitants did not disappear, but returned to lower levels of development; it is not known whether due to natural causes or because of the collapse of their social organization. The ruins of Copán are the most important Mayan vestiges of Honduras.
  • The majority of Hondurans are mestizos.
  • The ethnic groups of Honduras that are mentioned in the textbooks are the Lencas, Tolupanes, Pech, Tawakas, Chortis, Miskitos and Garífunas. Arabs, Jews and Chinese are also important in Honduras.
  • The most important national hero of Honduras is Francisco Morazán, who fought for the union of Central America and who was shot for his ideals in Costa Rica.
  • September 15 marks the Independence Day of Honduras, which coincides with that of the other countries of Central America.
  • The National Flower of Honduras is the Rhyncholaelia digbyana ( formerly known as Brassavola digbyana ) that replaced the rose in 1969.
  • The national mammal is the white-tailed deer , the national bird is the red guara.
  • The Honduran flag is formed by three horizontal stripes, the upper and lower strips are blue, and the center strip is white. In the white strip there are five blue stars, representing the five republics of the Central American Union, and the star of the center represents Honduras.
  • The national anthem of Honduras consists of a chorus and seven stanzas, but only the chorus and the last stanza are used to singing.
  • The favorite sport is soccer, which is the passion of crowds.
  • The main export products are bananas and coffee.
  • Remittances account for about a quarter of GDP, and around three quarters of exports.
  • The population below the poverty line was 50.7% in 2004.
  • The population is around 7.8 million inhabitants.
  • The territorial extension of Honduras is 112,090 square kilometers.

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