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Republic of Honduras: Facts and Figures
Republic of Honduras
Local Official Name República de Honduras. Origin of Name Christopher Columbus named the country "Honduras", Spanish for "depths", referring to the deep waters off the northern coast. Area 43,277 sq mi. Population 8,746,673. Capital Tegulcigalpa. Independence from Spain Achieved September 15, 1821.

July 1959 Revolt
July 1959 Revolt
About 50 persons were killed when a 3-day revolt, led by a former army chief of staff, broke out in July 1959 in Tegucigalpa against the government of President Ramón Villeda Morales.

Mosquito Coast Dispute Settled
Mosquito Coast Dispute Settled
On November 18, 1960, the International Court of Justice ruled that the arbitration award made in 1906 by King Alfonso XIII of Spain, relative to the boundary between Hondruas and Nicaragua, was valid and it thereby rendered its judgment against Nicaragua's claim to the Mosquito Coast.

The Soccer War of 1969
The Soccer War of 1969
On June 8, 1969, soccer teams from Honduras and El Salvador met for a World Cup qualifying match in Tegucigalpa. El Salvador lost 1-0 in overtime, and an undeclared war between the two nations was sparked.

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