Copán is one of the departments in the western part of Honduras. The departmental capital is the town of Santa Rosa de Copán. The department is well known for its tobacco and fine cigars.

Cathedral of Santa Rosa
Cathedral of Santa Rosa
Flag of Copán
Coat of arms of Copán
Coordinates: 14°46′N 88°47′W / 14.767°N 88.783°W / 14.767; -88.783
Country Honduras
Founded28 May 1869
SeatSanta Rosa de Copán
 • TypeDepartmental
 • Total3,239 km2 (1,251 sq mi)
 • Total382,722
 • Density120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CDT)
Postal code
41101, 41202
ISO 3166 codeHN-CP
HDI (2017)0.557[2]
medium · 15th
Statistics derived from Consult INE online database: Population and Housing Census 2013[3]

The department is famous for its Pre-Columbian archaeological site at Copán, one of the greatest cities of the Maya civilization.

The department of Copán covers a total surface area of 3,242 km2 and, in 2015, had an estimated population of about 382,722 people.

Etymology edit

The name "Copán" is from the mayan Ch'orti' language.

History edit

The territory that today is the department was inhabited by the Maya-Chortis civilization in the west and north; and Lenca in the extreme south. Its name "Copán" is due to the chief Copán Galel, a warrior who defended his lands before the Spanish colonization. This territory was within the jurisdiction of the colonial city of Gracias a Dios and until May 28, 1869, it was within the jurisdiction of the department of Lempira. On that date it was officially created as the Department of Copán and the city of Santa Rosa de Copán was named as the capital, during the administration of Captain General Don José María Medina. [4]

Economy edit

The Department of Copán is a geographically mountainous area, its main source of income is tourism to the Mayan archaeological sites, followed by the cultivation and production of coffee, tobacco, livestock, agriculture of vegetables and basic grains, production of articles in leather or saddlery, industrial products, etc.

Municipalities edit

References edit

  1. ^ "GeoHive - Honduras extended".
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ "Consulta Base de datos INE en línea: Censo de Población y Vivienda 2013" [Consult INE online database: Population and Housing Census 2013]. Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE) (in Spanish). El Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE). 1 August 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  4. ^ A. Canuto, Marcello (February 2008). "The Ties that Bind: Administrative strategies in the El Paraiso Valley, Department of Copan, Honduras" (PDF).