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Encyclopedia > Olancho (department)

Olancho is one of the 18 departments into which the Central American nation of Honduras is divided. It is the largest of all the departments, and Hondurans frequently point out that the department is larger than the neighboring Republic of El Salvador. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Olancho resisted government authority from Tegucigalpa to the point of causing a civil war. To this day, the old independent sentiments persist among Olanchanos, although the department's role as an agricultural producer has made it an integral part of the Honduran economy. The newly-sworn president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, hails from the department, specifically from the city of Catacamas. Image File history File links HondurasOlancho. ... The Central American nation of Honduras is currently divided into 18 departments (departamentos). ... Map of Central America Central America is a central region of the Americas. ... Manuel Mel Zelaya (born September 20, 1952) appears to be, according to un-offical exit polls conducted by a local TV network, the president-elect of Honduras. ...


The departmental capital is Juticalpa. Juticalpa is a municipality in the Honduran department of Olancho. ...


Rugged mountains rise in the eastern and northern portions of the department, notably the Sierra de Agalta, the Montaña de Tembladeros, and the Montaña de Botaderos. Vast pine and hardwood forests cover these mountains. Central Olancho has rolling plains, watered by the Guayape River and its affluents. These plains, sometimes called pampas due to their similarity to the vast Argentinian plains, are famous for their large cattle herds and extensive farming. The main cities, Juticalpa and Catacamas, are located there. The western part of the department is covered with rainforests, though the influx of impoverished, landless peasants and intense timber extraction have increased deforestation rates in the area. The pampas (from Quechua for plain) are the fertile lowlands that extend across c. ...


The Guayape River is famous for its gold placers. First exploited by the Spaniards during the colonial period, these gold deposits are still productive. Local women may be seen panning for gold in riverbanks during the dry season.


The Cave of Talgua, also known as "The Cave of the Glowing Skulls," is located near Catacamas. It was used as a burial site by the native peoples, and over time, the bones left there were covered by the calcite dripping from the ceiling, giving them an eerie, sparkling appearance. Radiocarbon testing indicated that the burials were made around 900 B.C., well before the rise of the Mayans and other civilizations. The ossuary chamber was discovered barely in 1994, and research is still being conducted in the area.


The department covers a total surface area of 24,351 km² and has an estimated population of 408,869.


Municipalities

  1. Campamento
  2. Catacamas
  3. Concordia
  4. Dulce Nombre de Culmí
  5. El Rosario
  6. Esquipulas del Norte
  7. Gualaco
  8. Guarizama
  9. Guata
  10. Guayape
  11. Jano
  12. Juticalpa
  13. Olancho
  14. Mangulile
  15. Manto
  16. Patuca
  17. Salamá
  18. San Esteban
  19. San Francisco de Becerra
  20. San Francisco de la Paz
  21. Santa Maria del Real
  22. Silca
  23. Yocón


The second level of territorial subdivisions in Honduras are the municipalities, the first level being the Departments of Honduras. ... Campamento is a municipality in the south west of the Honduran department of Olancho, south of Concordia and west of Juticalpa. ... Catacama is a municipality and a town in the south east of Honduran department of Olancho. ... Concordia is a municipality in the south west of the Honduran department of Olancho, north of Campamento, west of Juticalpa and south of Guayape and Salamá. Category: Honduras geography stubs ... Dulce Nombre de Culmí is a municipality in the east of the Honduran department of Olancho, south east of San Esteban and north east of Catacamas. ... El Rosario is a municipality in the west of the Honduran department of Olancho, southn east of Yocón, north east of Guayape and north west of Salamá. Category: Honduras geography stubs ... Esquipulas del Norte is a municipality in the north west of the Honduran department of Olancho, east of Guata and north of Jano. ... Gualaco is a municipality in the north of the Honduran department of Olancho, west of San Esteban, north of Santa Maria del Real and east of Guata. ... Guarizama is a municipality in the Honduran department of Olancho. ... Guata is a municipality in the north west of the Honduran department of Olancho, west of Gualaco, north of Manto and east of Jano and Esquipulas del Norte. ... Guayape is a municipality in the west of the Honduran department of Olancho, west of Salamá, south of Yocón and north of Concordia. ... Jano (GOD) is a municipality in the north west of the Honduran department of Olancho, west of Guata, south of Esquipulas del Norte and north of Manto. ... Juticalpa is a municipality in the Honduran department of Olancho. ... La Unión is a municipality in the Honduran department of Olancho. ... Mangulile is a municipality in the north west of the Honduran department of Olancho, north of Yocón, south west of Manto and south east of Salamá. Category: Honduras geography stubs ... Manto is a municipality in the Honduran department of Olancho. ... Patuca is a municipality in the south of the Honduran department of Olancho, east of Juticalpa and south of Catacamas. ... Salamá is a municipality in the Honduran department of Olancho. ... San Esteban is a municipality in the north east of the Honduran department of Olancho, west of Dulce Nombre de Culmí, east of Gualaco and north of Catacamas. ... San Francisco de Becerra is a municipality in the interior of the Honduran department of Olancho, slightly to the south. ... San Francisco de la Paz is a municipality in the centre of the Honduran department of Olancho. ... Santa Maria del Real is a municipality in the Honduran department of Olancho. ... Silca is a municipality in the Honduran department of Olancho. ... Yocón is a municipality in the west of the Honduran department of Olancho, north of Guayape, south of Mangulile and west of El Rosario. ...

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'''Olancho''' is one of the 18 departments (departamentos) into which the Central American nation of Honduras is divided.
The department covers a total surface area of 24,351 km² and, in 1991, had an estimated population of 309,000.
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Olancho department - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (116 words)
Olancho is one of the 18 departments into which the Central American nation of Honduras is divided.
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Olancho resisted government authority from Tegucigalpa to the point of causing a civil war.
The department covers a total surface area of 24,351 km² and has an estimated population of 408,869.
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