Resolution J5724-2013

Commemorating 193 years of Honduran Independence on September 15, 2014



  • Jun 10, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 5, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating 193 years of Honduran Independence
on September 15, 2014

WHEREAS, Before the Spanish conquest, Honduras was home to  the  Mayans,
Lencas  and other indigenous societies; these autonomous groups lived in
both light conflict and commercial cooperation with each other and other
societies in Mexico and Panama; and
  WHEREAS, On July 30, 1502, Christopher  Columbus  first  saw  Honduran
soil and he claimed the territory in the name of Ferdinand of Aragon and
Isabella of Castile, naming it Honduras; and
  WHEREAS,  Between  1523 and 1526, numerous Spanish expeditions arrived
in Honduras and established their colony, which would for some time be a
part of the Captaincy General of Guatemala; and
  WHEREAS, Honduras was a large colonial-era supplier  of  gold,  silver
and tropical fruits; and
  WHEREAS, By October 1537, the Lenca chief, Lempira, a warrior of great
renown,  had  managed  to  unify  more than two hundred native tribes in
order to offer an organized, but eventually defeated, resistance against
penetration by the Spanish conquerors; and
  WHEREAS, Honduras gained independence  from  Spain  on  September  15,
1821,  at which time the country was annexed to the Mexican Empire until
1823, when it joined the United  Provinces  of  America,  lasting  until
1838; and
  WHEREAS, Many Hondurans have made New York their home, and this Legis-
lative  Body  is  justly  proud  to  thank the Honduran people for their
contributions to this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate 193 years of Honduran Independence on September 15, 2014.


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