Honduras–Nicaragua border

The Honduras–Nicaragua border is the roughly 950-kilometre-long (590 mi) international boundary[1] between Honduras and Nicaragua, running from the Gulf of Fonseca on the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. The Coco River, which flows generally northeast to the Caribbean, forms more than half of the border.

Honduras-Nicaragua border
Map all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap
The Coco River forms the eastern part of the border

The border passes between the following departments, from west to east:

Honduras and Nicaragua, respectively, were part of the Central American Federation and the United Provinces of Central America[clarification needed]. Between 1823 and 1838, these federations fell apart and both nations gained their independence and defined their border.[2][3]

In 1937, the issuance of a stamp from Nicaragua with a sticker on part of Honduran territory indicating "territory in dispute" almost caused a war between the two countries.[4] The territory had been claimed by Nicaragua, but Honduras thought the matter closed in 1906 when an arbitration by King Alfonso XIII of Spain gave it the area.

Location Edit

Point Coordinates
(links to map & photo sources)
Gulf of Fonseca 12°59′10″N 87°18′11″W / 12.98621°N 87.30311°W / 12.98621; -87.30311 (Gulf of Fonseca) Elevation: 0 ft
Guasaule 13°03′44″N 86°57′15″W / 13.06213°N 86.95421°W / 13.06213; -86.95421 (Guasaule) Elev: 130 ft
El Espino 13°26′47″N 86°43′20″W / 13.44635°N 86.72222°W / 13.44635; -86.72222 (El Espino) Elev: 2958 ft
Trojes 14°04′26″N 86°00′18″W / 14.07392°N 86.00496°W / 14.07392; -86.00496 (Trojes) Elev: 2305 ft
Coco River joins border 13°49′58″N 85°45′10″W / 13.8328°N 85.75278°W / 13.8328; -85.75278 (Coco River joins border) Elev: 856 ft
Santa Isabel 14°47′21″N 84°46′55″W / 14.78926°N 84.78206°W / 14.78926; -84.78206 (Santa Isabel) Elev: 244 ft
Waspam 14°44′45″N 83°58′20″W / 14.7458°N 83.9722°W / 14.7458; -83.9722 (Waspam) Elev: 83 ft
Cabo Gracias a Dios 15°00′00″N 83°08′00″W / 15.00°N 83.1334°W / 15.00; -83.1334 (Cabo Gracias a Dios) Elev: 0 ft

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Honduras-Nicaragua border". Google Maps. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  2. ^ Munro, Dana. The Five Republics of Central America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1918. pp 24–34.
  3. ^ "Documentos de la Union Centroamericana" (PDF). Organization of American States – Foreign Trade Information System. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  4. ^ "The Stamp that Almost Caused a War".

13°11′43″N 87°39′02″W / 13.1953°N 87.6506°W / 13.1953; -87.6506