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Honduras, History

Race mixture, mestizos, European diseases, Spanish conquest, indigenous population

Western Honduras was at the southeastern edge of the great Maya civilization during the 1st millennium ad, and the ruins at Copan attest to the advanced stage of the countryís population. The Maya, however, were already in decline by the time Christopher Columbus reached their shores on his fourth voyage in 1502. Several non-Maya tribes also inhabited the Caribbean coastal region. The indigenous population was decimated by the Spanish conquest and by the European diseases it introduced, but the number of Spanish settlers was small and included few women. Race mixture followed rapidly therefore, and mestizos became Hondurasís dominant ethnic group.

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