History of Honduras

The Mayans came into Honduras around 300-900 AD. They built an advanced civilization, with a highly organized political system built around independent city-states. Honduras has many Mayan ruins but the biggest and most well known is Copán. Copán was the central ceremonial hub and the capital of an ancient kingdom called Xukpi. The Mayans’ advanced civilization fell before the Spanish came. 

The Spaniards came in and started to rule the land with an iron fist and in the process decimated the population with diseases. Due to the lack of labor the Spanish brought in slaves from Africa. Soon the Spanish were not the only ones wanting and using Honduras, the British and French buccaneers started to attack Spanish treasure galleons. The famous buccaneer Henry Morgan made Port Royal on Roatan his base and it became a regular pirate town.

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