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Honduras

WORLD FACTBOOK (US)


Introduction: Once part of Spain's vast empire in the New World, Honduras became an independent nation in 1821. After two and a half decades of mostly military rule, a freely elected civilian government came to power in 1982. During the 1980s, Honduras proved a haven for anti-Sandinista contras fighting the Marxist Nicaraguan Government and an ally to Salvadoran Government forces fighting leftist guerrillas. The country was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, which killed about 5,600 people and caused approximately $2 billion in damage. Since then, the economy has slowly...

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BACKGROUND NOTES (US)


History: Honduras was originally inhabited by indigenous tribes, the most powerful of which were the Mayans. The western-central part of Honduras was inhabited by the Lencas. These autonomous groups had their conflicts but maintained their commercial relationships with each other and with other populations as distant as Panama and Mexico.

On July 30, 1502, Christopher Columbus first ...

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COUNTRY PROFILE (UK)


Geography: Honduras is the second largest country in Central America after Nicaragua. Bordered by Guatemala and El Salvador to its west and Nicaragua to its east, the country has 644km of Caribbean coastline and 124km of Pacific coastline. Approximately 75% of the country is mountainous but these areas have suffered considerably from deforestation in recent years. The only substantial lowlands are found in coastal ...

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