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Honduras

  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)

Abstract

Discovered by Columbus in 1502, Honduras was ruled by Spain until independence in 1821. Political instability was endemic throughout the 19th and most of the 20th century. The end of military rule seemed to come in 1981 when a general election gave victory to the more liberal and non-military party, PLH (Partido Liberal de Honduras). However, power remained with the armed forces. Internal unrest continued into the 1990s with politicians and military leaders at loggerheads, particularly over attempts to investigate violations of human rights. In Oct. 1998 Honduras was devastated by Hurricane Mitch, the worst natural disaster to hit the area in modern times.

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Further Reading

  1. Banco Central de Honduras. Honduras en Cifras 2003–07. Online onlyGoogle Scholar
  2. Euraque, Darío A., Reinterpreting the Banana Republic: Region and State in Honduras, 1870–1972. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1997Google Scholar
  3. Loker, William M., Changing Places: Environment, Development and Social Change in Rural Honduras. Carolina Academic Press, Durham, North Carolina, 2004Google Scholar
  4. Meyer, H. K. and Meyer, J. H., Historical Dictionary of Honduras. 2nd ed. Metuchen (NJ), 1994Google Scholar
  5. National Statistical Office: Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas, The gucigalpa.Google Scholar
  6. Website (Spanish only): http://www.ine-hn.org

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2009

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  • Barry Turner

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