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La Paz, Honduras

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La Paz
Municipality
La Paz is located in Honduras
La Paz
La Paz
Location in Honduras
Coordinates: 14°19′6″N 87°40′6″W / 14.31833°N 87.66833°W / 14.31833; -87.66833
CountryHonduras
DepartmentLa Paz
Founded1792
Area
 • Municipality162 km2 (63 sq mi)
Elevation
750 m (2,461 ft)
Population
 (2020 projection)[1]
 • Municipality52,200
 • Density320/km2 (830/sq mi)
 • Urban
34,504

La Paz (Spanish pronunciation: [la ˈpas]) is the capital city of the La Paz Department of Honduras. The town, founded in 1792,[citation needed] has a population of 30,020 (2020 est.).[2]

La Paz is located 750m (2461 feet) above sea level on the Comayagua River near the Cordillera de Montecillos in an area that has mountainous terrain with thick jungle cover.

History[edit]

The town dates back to 1750 when two Spanish colonies existed in the area. The town's title was given on 14 September 1848, when the name "La Paz" was officially recognized by a decree from Comayagua; in 1861, it was given the status of a city, and in 1869 it was made a departmental seat.

Economy[edit]

Major industries in and around the city include henequen and coffee farming, cattle raising, timber processing, tanning, distilling and some mining.[citation needed]

Culture[edit]

The festival of the "Virgen de los Dolores" is held in November.

The local cultural center is located in a 19th-century house and has a collection of paintings and cultural objects that date to the 19th century period. It also organizes activities throughout the year.

Sports[edit]

The local football team, Municipal Paceño, play their home games at the Estadio Roberto Suazo Cordoba. In summer 2013, they were relegated to the third tier of Honduran football.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Citypopulation.de Population of departments and municipalities in Honduras
  2. ^ "Honduras: Departments & Major Cities - Population Statistics, Maps, Charts, Weather and Web Information". www.citypopulation.de. Retrieved 2020-12-17.

Coordinates: 14°19′01″N 87°40′59″W / 14.317°N 87.683°W / 14.317; -87.683