What lasting influences did the Spanish conquest have on Honduras?

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As with most Latin American countries, the most lasting influences of the Spanish conquest in Honduras have had to do with language, ethnicity, and religion.  Honduras is, of course, a Spanish-speaking country.  Spanish is the country's only official language and essentially all Hondurans speak the language.  The overwhelming majority of the people of Honduras are mestizo.  That is, they have a mix of European and Indian ancestry.  Finally, Honduras has traditionally (though this is changing) been a country that is dominated by the Roman Catholic Church.  Roman Catholicism, which was brought by the Spanish, has until recently been the religion of almost all Hondurans.

In these ways, Spanish conquest has influenced the ethnic makeup of Honduras, the language its people speak, and the religion that they follow.

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