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Updated: Oct 1, 2022

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Country Name

Honduras or officially the Republic of Honduras.


Honduras is located in Central America. It is bordered to the west by Guatemala, to the southwest by El Salvador, to the southeast by Nicaragua, to the south by the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Fonseca, and to the north by the Gulf of Honduras, a large inlet of the Caribbean Sea.



Reason for Naming the country

The literal meaning of the term "Honduras" is "depths" in Spanish. The name could either refer to the bay of Trujillo as an anchorage, fondura in the Leonese dialect of Spanish or to Columbus's alleged quote that "Gracias a Dios que hemos salido de esas Honduras" ("Thank God we have departed from those depths").

Prior to 1580, Honduras referred to only the eastern part of the province, and Higueras referred to the western part.


The Honduran flag was adopted on January 9, 1866, making it one of the world's oldest flags.

The flag of Honduras consists of three equal-sized horizontal stripes -

the top and bottom stripes are blue and the middle stripe is white.

In the white stripe, there are five blue stars, The blue represents the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, and The white represents Honduras’ land area that sits between two oceans, it also means purity, peace, and prosperity among the inhabitants.

The five stars represent the five nations of the United States of Central America (Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala) and the hope that the nations may form a union again.

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