Colón Department (Honduras)
Departamento de Colón
|Founded||19 December 1881|
|• Gobernador||Carlos Ramón Aguilar (2018-2022) (PNH)|
|• Total||8,276 km2 (3,195 sq mi)|
|• Density||39/km2 (100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CDT)|
|ISO 3166 code||HN-CL|
medium · 5th
|Statistics derived from Consult INE online database: Population and Housing Census 2013|
Colón is one of the 18 departments into which Honduras is divided. It was created in 1881. The departmental capital is Trujillo, and the other main city is Tocoa. Trujillo was the site of the first Catholic Mass on the American mainland, held when Christopher Columbus reached the Honduran shore in 1502.
Colon harbors a substantial Garifuna population and has pristine beaches and rainforested national parks. The Fort of Santa Barbara, built by the Spaniards in the colonial era, was the site of the execution of US filibuster William Walker in Trujillo, and his remains are buried in the city's graveyard.
The department covers a total surface area of 8,875 km² and, in 2007, had an estimated population of 284,900 people.
- "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
- "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.