Departments of Honduras

Departments of Honduras

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The Central American nation of Honduras is currently divided into 18 departments (departamentos). Each department is headed by a governor, who is appointed by the President of Honduras.


Departments of Honduras

Department Department capital Population (2001) Area (km2)[1]
1. Atlántida La Ceiba 344,099 4,251
2. Choluteca Choluteca 390,805 4,211
3. Colón Trujillo 246,708 8,875
4. Comayagua Comayagua 352,881 5,196
5. Copán Santa Rosa de Copán 288,766 3,203
6. Cortés San Pedro Sula 1,202,510 3,954
7. El Paraíso Yuscarán 350,054 7,218
8. Francisco Morazán Tegucigalpa 1,180,676 7,946
9. Gracias a Dios Puerto Lempira 67,384 16,630
10. Intibucá La Esperanza 179,862 3,072
11. Islas de la Bahía Roatán 38,073 261
12. La Paz La Paz 156,560 2,331
13. Lempira Gracias 250,067 4,290
14. Ocotepeque Nueva Ocotepeque 108,029 1,680
15. Olancho Juticalpa 419,561 24,351
16. Santa Bárbara Santa Bárbara 342,054 5,115
17. Valle Nacaome 151,841 1,565
18. Yoro Yoro 465,414 7,939

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Evolution of Honduras's territorial organization

1825: The constitutional congress convened in that year orders that the state be divided into seven departments: Comayagua, Santa Bárbara, Tegucigalpa, Choluteca, Yoro, Olancho, and Gracias (later renamed Lempira).

1834: An extraordinary constitutional assembly reduces the number of departments to four: this attempt fails to prosper, and the 1825 division remains in force.

1869: Congress orders the creation of the departments of La Paz (broken away from Comayagua), El Paraíso (from Tegucigalpa and Olancho), Copán (from Gracias), and La Mosquitia (from Yoro).

1872: A department called Victoria is ordered to be split from Choluteca, but this never comes into effect. Islas de la Bahía department is founded (the islands were ceded to Honduras by the United Kingdom in 1860).

1881: Parts of Yoro and La Mosquitia are separated to form Colón department.

1883: Intibucá department is formed from sections of La Paz and Gracias.

1893: Valle department (split from Choluteca) and Cortés department (split from Santa Bárbara) are created.

1902: Parts of Yoro and Colón are taken to form the new department of Atlántida.

1906: Ocotepeque department is created by dividing the territory of Copán.

1957: Colón is divided in two to create Gracias a Dios department.

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