The History of Honduras

The History of Honduras

The History of Honduras

The History of Honduras

Synopsis

Honduras has suffered both political trauma and natural disasters throughout its history. In 1969, Honduras' political tensions with El Salvador during a soccer series preliminary to the World Cup led to the four-day-long "Football War." In 1998, Hurricane Mitch caused billions of dollars of damage to Honduras; ten years later, half of the country's roadways were ruined, often beyond repair, by substantial flooding. Most recently, many countries have frowned upon the Honduran government's shift of power from the president to the head of Congress.

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The plane banked sharply, and I mean sharply, to its left around a medium level mountain chain, and then leveled off to fly directly through what appeared to be a short canyon and on to the airport’s runway. The plane screeched to a halt just before the runway’s end, and a 75-foot drop on to a busy roadway. As they had before and would do so in the future, the passengers gleefully applauded the pilot for executing a safe landing. And well they should have. The pilot had just guided his craft safely into the world’s second most dangerous airport, Toncontín, sitting in the heart of Honduras’s bustling capital of Tegucigalpa. Over the next 30 years there would be countless landings and take-offs at Toncontín or the more placid Ramón Villeda Morales Airport, some seven miles from downtown San Pedro Sula in northern Honduras.

On that warm spring afternoon in April 1981, at Toncontín, Ernesto Icaza welcomed me to what he then believed to be his temporary home away from Nicaragua. 30 years later, Ernesto and his brothers Favio, Jr. and Juan Carlos are successful businessmen, residing in San Pedro Sula with their own families and parents. I met Ernesto that previous January when he enrolled in my seminar on United StatesCentral American relations at the University of North Florida.

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