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Honduras: Mayans, Weaving, & Plantains

Updated on December 16, 2015
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Image credit: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/honduras-guide/
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Do you want to know more about Honduras? Are you a lover of travel, geography teacher, homeschooling or involved parent, student, or life-long learner? In an effort to make world geography more meaningful and memorable, I've compiled all you will need to locate Honduras on a map, cook a Honduran meal, watch YouTube clips on Honduras, color the flag, create a Honduran craft, read a great book about Honduras, and more!

Map showing Honduras
Map showing Honduras | Source

Where is Honduras?

Locate Honduras on this map of North America. Use this map of Honduras to label the capitol, Tegucigalpa/Tegus. Mark other relevant features (rivers, mountains, famous locations, etc.) if desired. If you'd like to spend a bit more time researching the country, you can add the language, currency, type of government, religion, and/or famous landmarks. Write them on the back of the map. You can easily find all this information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honduras.

The Cathedral of Comayagua
The Cathedral of Comayagua | Source

Fun Facts About Honduras

Honduras is also known as the Banana Republic because it grows and exports a large amount of bananas. The term "Banana Republic" was first applied to Honduras by the American writer O. Henry.

In Yoro there is the phenomenon of fish rain (lluvia de peces). Fish literally fall from the sky!

The cathedral in Comayagua has the oldest clock in the Americas.

Trujillo is believed to be the place where the first Mass was celebrated in the Americas.

In addition to receiving gifts at Christmas, children also receive gifts on September 10, The Day of the Honduran Child.

With the amount of coral reefs that are in the Bay Islands, Honduras is the second country in the world with more coral reef. Australia is the only country with more.

Info Credit

Flag of Honduras
Flag of Honduras | Source

Honduras' Flag

Print and color the flag of Honduras. and learn the history and meaning of it from http://en.wikipedia.org/.

Make a Honduran Meal

Prepare and eat Honduras-Style Tilapia, cole slaw salad (shredded cabbage, a few slices of carrots, & a light oil/vinegar/sugar dressing), tortillas (purchase corn tortillas from the store if you are short on time), baked "fried" plantains, and Coke.

Honduras-Style Tilapia
Honduras-Style Tilapia
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 4-6

Honduras-Style Tilapia

  • 1 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 lbs tilapia fillets
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour (or bread crumbs)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together all dry spices. Sprinkle seasonings evenly over both sides of tilapia fillets. (This can be done hours before you are ready to cook the fillets). In a large skillet, heat olive oil and sauté garlic and onions until just tender. In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs. In another shallow bowl, season the flour (or bread crumbs) to taste with salt and pepper. Working with only a few pieces at a time, dip seasoned fillets in flour, then in beaten eggs, then again in flour. Saute the fillets in the seasoned oil for 2 minutes on each side, adding more oil if needed. Remove to a plate to keep warm and repeat the process until all fillets are cooked. Serve immediately. (This recipe came from food.com.)
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Homemade Tortillas
Homemade Tortillas
Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 8-10

Tortillas

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup shortening or 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water

Instructions

  1. Put flour, salt, and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Mix the shortening or oil into the flour mixture until it forms pea-size balls. Add the lukewarm water, a little at a time, until the dough is soft and pliable. On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth, for 1 to 2 minutes. Place in a bowl, cover with a clean dish towel, and let it "rest" for 30 minutes. Knead dough and form 8 to 10 balls. Roll them out as thin and round as possible. Preheat an ungreased griddle or cast-iron frying pan. Cook tortillas on griddle one at a time, flipping when a bubble forms (less than a minute). Put cooked tortillas in a plastic bag until ready to serve, to keep them warm and soft. (This recipe came from food.com.)
  2. (Note: These are not authentic corn tortillas like what would be served in Honduras, but they were easier for us to make. If you are short on time, you could simply purchase corn tortillas from the grocery store and heat them up in the microwave for about 20 seconds.)
Baked "Fried" Plantains (Platanos Tajaditas)
Baked "Fried" Plantains (Platanos Tajaditas)
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 4

Baked "Fried" Plantains (Platanos Tajaditas)

  • 4 plantains (as ripe as you can get them)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Coat a nonstick cookie sheet with cooking spray. Cut the ends off of the plantains and peel them. Cut each plantain on the diagonal into 1/2 inch slices. Arrange in single layer and coat tops with cooking spray. Bake, turning occasionally, for 10-15 minutes, until plantains are golden brown and very tender. (This recipe came from food.com.)
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Mayan "Weaved" Shirt

Make a Mayan “weaved” shirt from a pillowcase by following these directions from craftsforkids.com.

Find more great activity ideas at ehow.com.

Our Two Favorite Children's Picture Books About Honduras

The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough (CitizenKid)
The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough (CitizenKid)

This 32 page picture book tells how a young girl in Honduras learned about sustainable farming, and how it changed the lives of her and her family.

 
How the Gods Created the Finger People (Spanish and English Edition)
How the Gods Created the Finger People (Spanish and English Edition)

This 32 page picture book is a creation myth from the Mayans who lived in Honduras. It is interesting to compare it to the creation account in Genesis.

 

Pray for the people of Honduras

To find out about the religious nature of Honduras and specific ways you can pray for the country, go to operationworld.org.

Visiting Honduras on YouTube

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Where is Tegucigalpa/Tegus, the capital of Honduras?

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Other countries starting with the letter H

Would you prefer to study a different country? Try one of these.

Haiti

Hong Kong

Hungary

Ready to visit other countries?

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Go to around-the-world-in-26-letters to find links to all the countries we "visited." Each webpage features a menu, craft, books, video clips, worksheets, and more!

What first comes to mind when you think of Honduras? - Or please leave a note to let me know you dropped by! Thank you for visiting!

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    • iijuan12 profile imageAUTHOR

      iijuan12 

      5 years ago from Florida

      @Margot_C: Thank you!

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      Margot_C 

      5 years ago

      That tilapia recipe sounds terrific! Thanks for sharing such great info about Honduras. I liked the suggestion of paying a "virtual" visit to the country - great idea for those of us who aren't in a position to travel much.

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      iijuan12 

      5 years ago from Florida

      @Spectresoft: Thank you!

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      Spectresoft 

      5 years ago

      I love the Honduras. The Mayan culture is one of my favorites, I love to visit their ruins in that area and Mexico. Great lens!

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      iijuan12 

      5 years ago from Florida

      @limited279: Yes, they certainly were!

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      limited279 

      5 years ago

      I think the Mayans were every bit as interesting as the Aztec's!

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      randomthings lm 

      6 years ago

      LOVE Honduras. Thanks for the great information.

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