Tribal people like Chortis (Mayan descent), Payas, Pech, Tolupanes or Xicaques/Jicaques, Lencas, Sumos or Tawahkas, and Olmecas live in utter poverty as they live in far off and remote places. It seems that the Government is unable to do anything for their upliftment because of lack of budgetary funds and poor funding by the developed countries. Following is the map which shows Honduras and its neighbors. Honduras has a great historical figure. He is Florencio Xatruch who had led the country’ s armed forces and fought successfully against an attempted invasion North American filibuster William Walker in 1857.
A Honduran can be proudly called by the nickname of Catrocha or Catrocho which is inspiringly derived from the last name of Florencio. Every Honduran takes pride in being called with this nickname. Another noteworthy person hailing from Honduras to be mentioned is Salvador Moncada, one of the world famous scientists who has 12 highly cited papers to this credit. His research on heart-related drugs includes the development of Viagra. Moncada works at the University College of London and funds an NGO Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras. By virtue of nature’ s gift, Honduras is situated conveniently in a land zone of biodiversity hotspot which is also known as the Mesoamerican region.
This region extends from Southern Mexico to Panama and is famous for its diversity of species. Like other countries in the region, Honduras to has diverse biological resources and its indigenous cultures as well. As per the biological estimates, Honduras contains approximately 6000-8000 species of vascular plants and the number of reptiles and amphibians species recorded so far is around can be between 650-700 species and mammal species are close to 110.zinc, iron ore, coal, fish and hydropower.
With GDP per capita at USD 2050 per year (1999), Honduras is one of the poorest countries in the Americas. The economic growth rate is 5% but most of the people are still under the poverty line.
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