Honduras is well known as a Banana Republic. For some time, it was the Worlds largest banana producer and exporter. However, the two main companies that played a role in this endeavor eclipsed smaller, but not less important producers such as the Cuyamel Fruit Company.
There are many interesting tales from a Banana Republic that are worth sharing. Today, our tales from a Banana Republic go back to the early twentieth century. Frederick William Hahneman was one of the executives at the Trujillo Railroad company. His son, Bill Hahneman hijacked Eastern Airlines in 1972 and demanded to be brought to Honduras.
In 1860, a group of Islanders requested the assistance of William Walker to help them resist the transfer of the Bay Islands from the UK to Honduras. They told him that the islanders would support him in resistance against becoming part of Honduras. Walker readily agreed and rounded up a group of mercenaries to accompany his new adventure.
I recently wrote a post regarding the Bay Islands Colonial Flag. My friend, Dr. John from Utila brought to my attention that the flag had elements that are also found in the flag of the colonial flag of British Honduras. Thus, I have been doing some research and here is what I have found. The […]
Ok, I accept the fact that I got curious about this one! Was there a Miskito Coast Protectorate flag? It seemed only logical that if the Bay Islands Colony had a flag under British Rule, that the Miskito coast would have a flag too! So, I made an investigation to see if there was a Miskito Coast Protectorate Flag. And guess what? There was one indeed!
Did you know that there was a Bay Islands flag? If you answer is no, do not worry, I did not know either! This week I was in Utila and stopped by the Buccaneer bar and grill for lunch before taking the Utila Dream ferry back to La Ceiba. There were several new items in the décor, and one stuck out. A Union Jack flag with a weird coat of arms in the middle of it.
Wilson Popenoe was an American Botanist and Agricultural scientist. He was born in Topeka, Kansas in 1892, and by 1913 he was already living in Central America. He came to the region as an agent for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Dr. Popenoe loved the area so much, that he stayed in Central America for the rest of his life.
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Honduras is a set up as a Central Republic. Thus, it has departments instead of states. The biggest difference is perhaps that as departments, the population does not elect its governors. As a matter of fact, although governors in Honduras are named directly by the president, they do not have any real authority.
Gracias a Dios hemos salido de estas honduras! (Thank God we have left these depths!). Without knowing it, Columbus had just given this land its name: Honduras!
There are many important cities and towns in Honduras with a rich heritage. But if I was to have to choose the city with the most relevant historical value to Honduras, I would choose Trujillo. Why Trujillo? Following, a list of the most important events that took place here to justify why Trujillo is the most historic city in Honduras.