Can’t Stop the Rain
190 Years of Independence is Celebrated on Roatan

October 17th, 2011
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A school band walks thru flooded streets of Coxen Hole

A school band walks thru flooded streets of Coxen Hole

The weather sometimes makes for the best performer in a parade, and the 2011 Honduran and Central American Independence Day celebrations will be a year to remember on Roatan.

On Roatan the parades began at 7 am. Schoolchildren dressed in costumes paraded in Oak Ridge, French Harbour, Los Fuertes, Coxen Hole and Sandy Bay. Around 8:30 am the rain came pouring down. It would go on for 15 minutes, then stop for ten.

Kids and their professors marched through the main street of Coxen Hole, flooded with water. Parents ran up to their children with umbrellas and towels to wipe their faces. Spectators on balconies and sidewalk attempted to stay dry and still watch the parade.

History of 15th of September

The 15th of September symbolizes the shared heritage of the countries of Central America. On that day in 1821 the Declaration of Independence from Spain was signed by the Central American Congress of Criollos. Two years later, on July 1, 1823, the Central American Congress followed up with its own declarations of independence from Spain and Mexico. The nation of Central America was modeled into a federal republic after the United States of America and named “The United Provinces of Central America.” The union brought together Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. In the 1830s the state of Los Altos, of the highlands of Guatemala and Chiapas with a capital of Quetzaltenango, joined the federation.

The union had a short-lived history as a civil war broke out in 1838 and Honduras was the first nation to separate from the federation. Several attempts were made to restore the union in the 1840s, 1850s and 1880s. From 1896 to 1898 Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador formed “Republica Mayor de Centroamerica.” For a few months in 1921 and 1922 El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras formed a Second Federation of Central America.

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