Trujillo Honduras - A History Buff's Mecca!
Jan 23, 2013
You may already know about Honduras for its miles and miles of pristine Caribbean coastline, or for the popular Bay Islands just off the mainland. Or perhaps you’ve been researching the Maya civilization and are familiar with the historic ruins of Copan.
Beaches and Copan are certainly exciting reasons to visit Honduras, but if you have a penchant for history, you need to make Trujillo a definite stop.
Trujillo is a colonial town rich in history. In 1502 Christopher Columbus landed here on his final journey to the Americas. As a matter of fact, Trujillo was the original capital city of Honduras, until it was moved inland to first Comayagua and then Tegucigalpa, where it is today.
Several forts protected Trujillo; the ruins of Fortaleza Santa Barbara de Trujillo can still be visited today. The old buildings and cannons are popular to visitors and residents, and thanks to their elevated location, their vantage point provides a magnificent view of the bay.
Due to the gold and silver mined by the Spanish in the interior of Honduras, pirates were often drawn to this quiet bay. Even with the protection of the forts, Trujillo suffered many attacks. The final blow was in 1643 when Dutch pirates attacked, leaving the town in ruins for 150 years! 1787 brought resettlement and more unrest. The British had already established themselves on the Bay Islands and wanted to expand to the mainland. The Spanish wanted none of it and used Trujillo as their base to attack against the English.
It’s worth a visit to The Museo Arqueologico, a private museum located on the outskirts of town. It is described as being ‘unique’ and ‘eclectic’ and houses an assortment of new and old items. Some of them being real, some being fake and some being of interest and some not. Either way, it’s a point of interest and can provide both a bit of education and entertainment.
As a location that has something to offer everyone, from the beach-lovers and adventure-seekers to the history buffs and culturists, Trujillo Honduras is a prime location to settle into retirement or house a vacation home until you’re ready to retire. Our Caribbean Lots developer, Paul, has lots starting from $65,000 and would love to show you around his neighborhood!