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Keeping Up on the Progress in Honduras

December 9, 2011

In the Economist:

TRUJILLO is a sleepy backwater, but one with a lot of history. The beautiful bay surrounded by lagoons and mountains on the northern coast of Honduras was where Christopher Columbus set foot on the American continent during his fourth voyage in 1502. But in a few decades, it might be known for something entirely different: being the Hong Kong of the West. Scores of skyscrapers and millions of people could one day surround the natural harbour. The new city could dominate Honduras, today one of the poorest and most crime-ridden countries in Central America, becoming a magnet for most of the region’s migrants.

The prospect may sound fantastic, but this is the goal of an ambitious development project that Honduras is about to embark upon. In a nutshell, the Honduran government wants to create what amounts to internal start-ups—quasi-independent city-states that begin with a clean slate and are then overseen by outside experts. They will have their own government, write their own laws, manage their own currency and, eventually, hold their own elections.

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3 Comments
  1. Drew permalink
    December 10, 2011 5:07 am

    Incredible news! Here’s what ~1000 sq kms looks like at Trujillo:

    http://mapfrappe.com/?show=3911

    • Z. Caceres permalink
      December 10, 2011 5:50 pm

      Thanks Drew, that really helps put it in perspective!

  2. Abelard Lindsey permalink
    December 10, 2011 5:45 pm

    The Hondurans have endured abuse from both Republican and Democratic American administrations over the decades. It will be good for the Hondurans to break free from this and make a success on their own.

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