Home to one of our nearshore offices, Honduras is a popular spot for outsourcing software development. The country has recently become a more prominent member of the tech market through the support of local government and educational programs geared towards coding. As the second largest country in Central America, Honduras is full of history and agricultural significance.
Here are 10 Interesting Facts about Honduras:
1. The most populated Mayan city’s ruins are located in Honduras.
The ancient Mayan city of Copan is located in West Honduras and is known for its complex architecture and hieroglyphs. Copan was the center of Mayan civilization from the 5th to 9th century AD and as such marks an important historical site. Among the many significant structures still standing is a stairway that contains possibly the largest single text in the world still being deciphered.
2. Christopher Columbus both discovered the country and named it.
During his last trip through the Americas, Columbus found shelter in Honduras on July 30th of 1502. He is quoted as saying, “Thank God we’ve escaped these treacherous depths!” The country therefore is named for the deep water found off it’s coasts, as Honduras translates to literally mean “depths” in Spanish.
3. Honduras is home to the 2nd largest coral reef.
The Belize Barrier Reef is second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and can be found on the coast of the Honduran Bay Islands.
4. The country’s flag is known as a flag of countries.
While the two blue lines represent the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the stars in the middle are reminiscent of the flag of the Federal Republic of Central America. Each star represents a country from this federation including El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.
5. They’ve banned smoking in the home.
In an effort to combat the harmful effects of smoking, the country’s tough anti-smoking law covers one’s own home if those residing in it wish for there to be no smoking allowed. Smoking is also banned in all schools, gas stations, nightclubs, restaurants, bars, buses, taxis, stadiums and cultural centers.
6. There are actually 2 capitals.
The country’s constitution recognizes both the city of Comayaguela and the city of Tegucigalpa as capitals.
7. Bats make up half of the country’s mammals.
While Honduras has a rich ecosystem of birds, flowering plants, tropical trees, deer and monkeys, there are 98 known species of bats.
8. Honduras was the first country to be described as the Banana Republic.
The American writer O. Henry referenced Honduras when he first coined the phrase that would come to represent an industry often exploited by countries around the world exporting the popular fruit.
9. It is 80% mountainous.
Despite having the second largest coral reef and stunning coastal views, mountains are actually the defining feature of Honduras.
10. Coffee is king.
In addition to bananas, coffee is the highest export in Honduras; making Honduras the biggest coffee producer in Central America.
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