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Honduras became independent in 1821 and has since been a republic, although it has consistently endured much social strife and political instability, and remains one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.
In 1960, the northern part of what was the Mosquito Coast was transferred from Nicaragua to Honduras by the International Court of Justice.
In the west, Mayan civilization flourished for hundreds of years.
The dominant state within Honduras' borders was in Copán.
Its northern portions are part of the Western Caribbean Zone, as reflected in the area's demographics and culture.
Initially the mines were worked by local people through the encomienda system, but as disease and resistance made this option less available, slaves from other parts of Central America were brought in.When local slave trading stopped at the end of the sixteenth century, African slaves, mostly from Angola, were imported.After about 1650, very few slaves or other outside workers arrived in Honduras.Honduras gained independence from Spain in 1821 and was a part of the First Mexican Empire until 1823, when it became part of the United Provinces of Central America.It has been an independent republic and has held regular elections since 1838.
Copán fell with the other Lowland centres during the conflagrations of the Terminal Classic in the 9th century.