The History of Honduras

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Honduras has suffered both political trauma and natural disasters throughout its history. In 1969, Honduras' political tensions with El Salvador during a soccer series preliminary to the World Cup led to the four-day-long "Football War." In 1998, Hurricane Mitch caused billions of dollars of damage to Honduras; ten years later, half of the country's roadways were ruined, often beyond repair, by substantial flooding. Most recently, many countries have frowned upon the Honduran government's shift of power from the president to the head of Congress.

The History of Honduras provides a comprehensive history of the small Latin American country, detailing Honduras's geography and current political systems with emphasis on its politics and cultural life. Recent coups and political controversy make Honduras an important Central American nation for today's students to study and understand.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

List of Acronyms xix

Timeline of Historical Events xxiii

1 Introduction: Understanding Honduras 1

2 Indians, Spaniards, and Independence 13

3 Conservatives and Liberals 41

4 The World Comes to Honduras 63

5 The Banana Republic or An American Colony: 1900-1933 81

6 The Era of Tiburcio Carías: 1932-1954 105

7 The Cold War Comes to Honduras 135

8 Honduras Today: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same 163

Notable People in the History of Honduras 177

Bibliographic Essay 183

Index 195

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