Posted on Mar 12, 2022 267
The Central American country of Honduras is a poor and not too prosperous state, which is also regularly shaken by various political conflicts. Unfortunately, the crime rate is high and tourists have to monitor the place to stay alive. The locals in Honduras, however, are no less affected by what is happening in their country, and the good people undoubtedly outnumber the bad ones. Which does not change the fact that going here on vacation is not the best idea.
Facts about Honduras
- It is that San Pedro Sula, the most dangerous city in the world, has the highest per capita murder rate in any city in the world.
- In most Honduran cities, neighborhoods are divided into spheres of influence between various street gangs. For locals, this is natural, but tourists often have problems.
- Of all the countries in Latin America, Honduras is considered the least safe, surpassing even Guatemala, El Salvador, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
- In Spanish, the name of this country means “depths”.
- The first European who visited the area was the famous explorer Christopher Columbus.
- At one time, the territory of modern Honduras was colonized by the Maya, who drove out the indigenous natives. However, for reasons unknown to us, the Maya left these places many centuries before the arrival of the European conquistadors, who completed the decline of their culture.
- The Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, was founded by the Spanish as a colonial settlement. Its climate is mild, as the center of the city lies about 1 km above sea level.
- Sometimes devastating hurricanes strike Honduras, originating over the surface of the Caribbean Sea.
- For several centuries, Honduras was part of Guatemala, which was then also a Spanish colony.
- Since the population density is low, there are a variety of wild animals everywhere, both dangerous and harmless.
- According to statistics, more than half of the population of Honduras lives in the countryside.
- About 90% of Hondurans are of mixed descent.
- The country’s first public university was opened in 1847, and the first private university in 1978.
- The army in Honduras is formed by conscription. Conscripts serve two years at a time.
- Unlike many other Latin America countries, the population of Honduras is somewhat less religious in its majority. In the last census, 8% of the people said that they did not follow any religion.
- The Honduran economy very depends on the U.S., since the U.S. is the nation’s major trading partner.
- The Honduran currency is called the lempira. It was introduced in 1931 and is named after an Indian chief.
- The Toncontin airport located in Tegucigalpa is one of the ten most dangerous in the world. The short runway, mountains on all sides, and regular cloudiness in the area have all contributed to the fact that only a very limited number of pilots are licensed to fly through this airport.
- The national symbol of this country is the red parrot area.
- The term “banana republic” was first applied to Honduras. It was used by the writer O. Henry, who at one time was hiding here from the U.S. authorities. By the way, Honduras is now the second-largest exporter of bananas in the world.
- Once a war between Honduras and neighboring El Salvador lasted 6 days, the reason for which was a soccer match in which the Honduran team lost to Salvador.
- Every year for over a hundred years between May and July in the Honduran department of Yoro witnesses observe a dark cloud in the sky, lightning, thunder, strong winds, and then 2-3 hours of heavy rain, and not only from water but also from live fish lifted by the storm together with sea water.
- According to an old legend, the famous pirate Kidd hid his treasure on an island off the coast of Honduras. This legend was the basis for Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island.
- The Honduran Islands are surrounded by the largest living coral reefs in the world.
- The Garifuna people of Honduras have been designated by UNESCO as a World Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Members of these people have been able to preserve their music and dances that are found nowhere else in the world.
- Unlike most other countries in the world, schooling in Honduras is not compulsory.