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Women in Honduras have historically been encouraged to be submissive, to raise the children and not take a job outside of the home.

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The Federaciуn Nacional Autуnoma de Fъtbol de Honduras runs the popular football (soccer) league while the Honduras national football (soccer) team represents the country internationally.

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El Salvador had agreed on a truce to settle the boundary issue, but Honduras later paid war damage costs for expelled refugees.

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The Spanish used at least three different terms to refer to the area that became the Central American country of Honduras.

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An important part of that prehistory was the Mayan presence around the city of Copбn in western Honduras, near the Guatemalan border.

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Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Central America (along with Nicaragua) and second poorest in the Western Hemisphere with GDP per capita at US$ 3,100 per year (2006).

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Hurricane Hattie inflicted significant damage upon Belize in 1961.

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Fifi, considered a Category 3 hurricane at the time but finally classified as Category 2, skirted the north coast of Honduras, causing massive flooding from the inflow of southerly winds.

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In 2005 Honduras signed the CAFTA (Free Trade Agreement with USA).

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After the Spanish discovery, Honduras became part of Spain's vast empire in the New World within the Kingdom of Guatemala.

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Honduras lies within the hurricane belt, and the Caribbean coast is particularly vulnerable to hurricanes or tropical storms that travel inland from the Caribbean.

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Honduras is part of Mesoamerica, bounded by the Caribbean Sea to the north and shares borders with Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.

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Honduras created several national parks to protect its natural beauty including Pico Bonito National Park which enclosed about 415 square miles.

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About two percent of Honduras's population is black, or Afro-Honduran, and mainly reside on the country's Caribbean or Atlantic coast.

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The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund classify Honduras as one of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries eligible for debt relief, which was given in 2005.

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Honduras has five registered political parties: PNH, PLH, Social Democrats (Partido Innovaciуn Nacional y Social Demуcrata: PINU-SD), Social Christians (Partido Demуcrata-Cristiano: DC), and Democrat Unification (Partido Unificaciуn Democrбtica: UD).

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In 1969, Honduras and El Salvador fought what would become known as The Football War, in which five thousand people ultimately died.

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Manuel Zelaya of the Liberal Party of Honduras (Partido Liberal de Honduras: PLH) won, with Porfirio Pepe Lobo of the National Party of Honduras (Partido Nacional de Honduras: PNH) coming in second.

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By some estimates well over 15 percent of the population of Honduras lives abroad, almost exclusively in the USA.

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Korean, Ryukyuan, Filipino and Vietnamese also make up a small percent due to their arrival in Honduras as contract laborers in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Honduras, along with the other Central American provinces, gained independence from Spain in 1821; it then briefly was annexed to the Mexican Empire.

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Zelaya was inaugurated as Honduras' new president on January 27, 2006.

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Tortillas are extremely popular in Honduras, as is rice.

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Honduras has rain forests, cloud forests (which can rise up to nearly three thousand meters above sea level), mangroves, savannas and mountain ranges with pine and oak trees, and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System.

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The elections have been filled with controversies, including questions about whether Azcona was born in Honduras or Spain, and whether Maduro should have been able to stand given he was born in Panama.

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Tensions escalated, and on July 14, 1969, the Salvadoran army launched an attack against Honduras.

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The Palestinian community, well integrated in Honduras, is prominent in business, commerce, banking, industry, and politics.

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The rains collected in rivers, which caused enormous amounts of physical and economic damage to poor villages, small towns, and commercial banana plantations when it skimmed Honduras.

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Honduras hosts a significant Palestinian community (the vast majority of whom are Christian Arabs).

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Most are the descendants of the West Indian islands brought to Honduras as slaves and indentured servants.

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The reason Honduras suffered such devastation is due to the mountainous terrain of the country.

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Honduras has one of the largest women's rights movements in Latin America, as women were fighting for the right to work in factories alongside men in the 1920s, with universal suffrage being achieved in 1954.

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The Islas de la Bahнa and the Swan Islands are part of Honduras.

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In 1823, Honduras joined the newly formed United Provinces of Central America.

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There had been border tension between the two countries after Oswaldo Lуpez Arellano, a former president of Honduras, blamed the poor economy on the large number of immigrants from El Salvador.

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Honduras, officially Republic of Honduras (Repъblica de Honduras) is a democratic republic in Central America.

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Before long, social and economic differences between Honduras and its regional neighbors exacerbated harsh partisan strife among its leaders, bringing about the federation's collapse in 1838-1839.

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By then, provincial military leaders had begun to gain control of the two major parties, the National Party of Honduras (PNH) and the Liberal Party of Honduras (PLH).

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Misteriosa Bank and Rosario Bank, 130 to 150 km north of the Swan Islands, falls within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Honduras.

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Most Hurricanes occasionally form over the Pacific and move north to affect southern Honduras, but Pacific storms are generally less severe and their landfall rarer.

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Like other countries in the region, Honduras contains vast biological resources.

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During the relatively stable years of the Great Depression, authoritarian General Tiburcio Carнas controlled Honduras.

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Many great writers, such as Ramуn Amaya Amador, Josй Trinidad Reyes and Josй Cecilio del Valle, have emerged in Honduras.

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Contributing factors in the conflict were a boundary dispute and the presence of thousands of Salvadorans living in Honduras illegally.

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The Spanish ruled the area that would become Honduras for approximately three centuries.

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By the time the Spanish came to Honduras, the once great city-state of Copбn was overrun by jungle, and the Lencas, not the Maya, were the main Amerindian people inhabiting western Honduras.

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From that point on the relationship between El Salvador and Honduras was acrimonious.

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The patron saint of Honduras is the Virgin of Suyapa.

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The wealth of cultural expression in Honduras owes its origins primarily to being a part of Latin America but also to the multi-ethnic nature of the country. The population comprises 85% Mestizo, 8% Caucasian, 6% Amerindian, and 1% Black.

On July 30, 1502, Christopher Columbus first saw Honduran soil and he claimed the territory in the name of his sovereigns, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. He named the area "Honduras" (meaning "depths") for the deep water off the coast.

Honduras gained independence from Spain in 1821 and was a part of the First Mexican Empire until 1823, when it became part of the United Provinces of Central America. It has been an independent republic and has held regular elections since 1838.

ETHNIC GROUPS. Around 90 percent of the population in Honduras is racially mestizo (people of mixed indigenous and European ancestry). The remainder of the population is composed of indigenous natives (7 percent); people of African descent, or blacks (2 percent); and those of European descent, or whites (1 percent).

The Republic of Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America. It is a lower middle-income country with persistent poverty and inequality challenges and a per-capita income of about US$1,880 in 2010. ... However, poverty is essentially a rural problem.

A third world country such as Honduras, Guatemala, Sierra Leon, and some others are countries which yes, they have low quality governments. Mislead economically and politicaly. ... But yes, as Mr. Petroff said, there is no technical definition for third world country, as neither is for developed countries.

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