Photo: 192nd Year of Independence of Honduras
Today, all of Honduras is celebrating and rejoicing its 192-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 tomorrow so that everyone can celebrate in the traditional three day celebration of independence.
President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry sent their regards to the people of Honduras:
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Honduras on the 192nd anniversary of your independence on September 15. Our close and friendly ties reach back more than 157 years, and these connections are only reinforced by the vibrant Honduran community in the United States.
Together with the government and people of Honduras, we seek to strengthen security and economic growth, and deepen respect for human rights, rule of law and democracy in Honduras. As the Honduran people make their voices heard this November in national and local elections, we look forward to continued cooperation and shared success with the new government.
I wish all Hondurans peace, growth and prosperity in the year ahead.