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      Honduras was part of the Mayan Indian Empire. The Mayas and Hondurians had an advanced civilization and were great builders. They studied the stars and had an accurate calendar. They worshiped one god above all the others, but also built temples to some lesser gods.

    Christopher Columbus reached the Honduran coast in 1502. The Spanish colonies in the New World were divided into large territories. From 1539 to 1821 Honduras was part of the Captaincy General of Guatemala.

    In the early 19th century nearly all the peoples of Latin America began their struggle to gain independence from Spain. Honduras decided to become part of short lived Empire of Mexico. A short time later all the lands of Central America broke away from Mexico and formed a union of their own- The Central American Federation.

    On Nov. 5th, Honduras became a separate Republic.*

*Source: Permanent Mission of Honduras to the OAS 


Updated: 25 April 2008

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