Thursday, January 18, 2018


Religion and language are two colonial legacies that outlast political control. Especially after deep soaking for a few centuries. Old Portuguese/Spanish ex-colonies lean Roman Catholic while Dutch/British lean Protestant. Honduras used to be referred to as Spanish Honduras to distinguish it from British Honduras (now Belize). Interestingly, Belize is still 40% Roman Catholic and Honduras almost 50%. Perhaps because the English/Scottish settler pirates were less religious than other countries refugees from the European Wars of Religion? The silver was in Honduras and that is where the Spaniards focused their attention. Honduras' official language remains Spanish, and smaller Belize's English. The term "Banana Republic" comes from Honduras because the US fruit companies built tax-exempt enclaves contributing little to the economy. 'A politically unstable republic dependant on a limited resource'.

Spanish Fort for protection from English Pirates

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