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


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). Considerable power, however, 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 1990–92. Tegucigalpa, 1993Google Scholar
  2. Howard-Reguindin, Pamela F., Honduras. [Bibliography] ABC-Clio, Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1992Google Scholar
  3. Meyer, H. K. and Meyer, J. H., Historical Dictionary of Honduras. 2nd ed. Metuchen (NJ), 1994Google Scholar

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