Photo: 191st Year of Independence of Honduras
Today, all of Honduras is celebrating and rejoicing its 190-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox. Independence came in 1821 when Honduras declared itself independent from Spain as did four other Central American countries.
All of the countries schools and colleges are closed today so that everyone can celebrate in a three day celebration of independence.
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent their regards to the people of Hondruas:
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Honduras as you celebrate the 191st anniversary of your independence this September 15. As Hondurans young and old rejoice in your proud culture and heritage, and as you enjoy the great procession of school parades that define Honduran Independence Day, I hope you have the chance to reflect on the significant progress the Honduran people have made in building a democratic future and expanding opportunity for all members of society. Together, our two countries are partnering to tackle challenges and build new opportunities for generations to come. The American people stand with you as you work to construct a more secure and prosperous future for Honduras.
Please accept my heartfelt “¡Felicitaciones!” to Hondurans around the world.