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
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
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
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.