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Flag : Honduras
 

 
Fact file : Honduras
 
Area112,492 sq km
CapitalTegucigalpa
Population6,823,568
LanguageSpanish, English
Currencylempira (16.43 lempiras equal U.S.$1; 2002 average)

 

Honduras

A narrow bridge of land joins North and South America. This is called Central America, and is made up of 7 countries, one of them being Honduras.
Large banana plantations were established in the country by US companies in the early part of the last century. These companies established towns, hospitals and schools. Bananas became the main source of foreign exchange for the country and the US-based fruit companies gained considerable clout in the government. In fact, they could make or break the government. The term ‘banana republic’, later extended to other countries in Central and South America, was first used in connection with Honduras.
Bananas remain the chief export of the country which is regarded as one of the poorest in the western hemisphere (North and South America).
It's capital, Tegucigalpa, is one of the few capitals in the world that does not have a railway service.
The name ‘Honduras’ comes from the Spanish word for depths, the water of the Caribbean Sea off the northern coast being very deep.

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