Every town has its history, and they should try to preserve it as an important part of their heritage. The north coast of Honduras is quite young, and its history is somewhat short, compared to other areas in Central America. The new museum in Tela seeks to tell the story of Tela as a mayor railroad hub in Honduras.
Tela Railroad Company
The term, Banana Republic was coined in Trujillo, Honduras. It was first used by US writer “O Henry” during his exile in Honduras. O. Henry’s real name was William Sydney Porter. Porter was indicted in 1896 for embezzlement and escaped to Honduras. While in Honduras he wrote Cabbages and Kings.
The Ferrocarril Nacional de Honduras came to be when the government of Honduras took over the two different railroad companies in Honduras. They were both part of the original land concessions given by the Honduras government to the banana companies.
Having just traveled by road between La Ceiba and Tegucigalpa last week, I cannot but chuckle when I remember the tales I have heard.
If you have traveled by land between San Pedro Sula and Tela, you cannot have missed those unique roadside African Palm plantations that appear so lush, orderly, even beautiful along the roadside.