Interesting Facts about Honduras

May 26, 2015 | 0

Honduras is small mountainous country in north-central America with the exception of the northern Ulua and Aguan river valleys on the Caribbean Sea. The place is topographically separated by four regions: the eastern lowlands and lower mountain slopes, the northern coastal plains and mountain slopes, the central highlands and the Pacific lowlands and their adjacent lower mountain slopes. The country is surrounded by forests, but subsistence farming destroyed a large belt of it. The main language is Spanish, with English is common in northern coast and Bay Islands.

Best time to visit Honduras

Honduras enjoys dual climatic conditions. On the northern Caribbean plain and the southern coastal area, the country suffers from wet and tropical climate, but in the interior of the country enjoys dry and cool temperature. Since the country is mountainous, the temperature varies with altitude.

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There are two seasons in the country; a rainy period that last from May to October, and a dry and cool season, from November through April, which is also the best time to visit Honduras. In the recent times, the northwest coast is vulnerable to hurricanes.

Economy of Honduras

Honduras is largely depends on sugar, coffee and textile industry. The 2003 U.S-Central America Free Trade Agreement gave a major thrust to its economy. The farmers of the country largely depend on Bananas, timber, coffee and shrimps. Honduras is a prominent exporter of coffee, bananas, shrimp and beef.

Flora and Flauna in Honduras

Honduras is blessed with abundance of variety of flora and fauna. There are versatile range of flora including tropical trees, moss, orchids and other plants spread throughout the tropical plains of the country. The mountainous region is specially surrounded by ferns, orchids, deciduous forests and others.

The rain forests are home to rich variety of mammalian lives such as armadillo, coyote, deer, fox, peccary, pocket gopher, puma, monkeys and several other varieties. Rivers and ponds are full of turtles, reptiles like crocodiles, fishes and other varieties. There are almost 173 species of mammals and 232 species of birds and more than 5000 various species of plants.

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Religions and Ethnic Group

Majority of people are Roman Catholic, almost 80% of country’s total population. There are other sects of Christianity coexist with Roman Catholics are Jews, Greek Orthodox, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Mennonites, Protestants. Also there are small amount of Muslims and Jews.

The vast majority of people are Mestizo, a combination of European and Amerindian. There are a small percent of Africans, living mostly along the north coast. About 1% people are European, largely of Spanish origin.

Interesting Facts about Honduras

  • The “Banana Republic” phrase was coined by the popular writer O. Henry because of the stupendous influence of the U.S banana companies profited from Honduras.
  • Although the Spanish population is mere 2%, the official language of Honduras is Spanish.
  • The infamous “Soccer War” conflict led to military attack of El Salvador against Honduras post a soccer match competition in 1969.
  • Hondurans are also known as “Catrachos” because of erstwhile general Florence Xatruch who went into conflict in Nicaragua against  William Walker. “Catrachos” is a besmirched pronunciation of the name Xatruch.
  • The capital of the country is combination of two cities: Tegucigalpa and Comayaguela.
  • Honduras is situated at isthmus that connects North America with South America formed by the clash of these two landmasses.
  • Honduras is in a strategic location where drugs from South America can be easily smuggled to Central America.
  • In Yoro, the capital city, there was a phenomenon  called Lluvia de Peces which can be termed in English as ‘fish rain’ literally when fishes fall from the sky.
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