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The lempira was named after the 16th-century cacique Lempira, a ruler of the indigenous Lenca people, who is renowned in Honduran folklore. The lempira was introduced in 1931, replacing the peso at par. In the late 1980s, the exchange rate was two lempiras to the United States dollar. Honduras is bordered by Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
Before the Spanish invasion in the late 1500s, Honduras was home to several important Mesoamerican cultures, most notably the Maya. The Spanish introduced Roman Catholicism and Spanish language, which is now predominant, along with Spanish customs that have now long been blended with the indigenous culture of Honduras. Honduras became a republic in 1821, although it has never been economically or socially stable, and remains one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere.
The Lempira is named after an Indian chief that died trying to save his lands from the Spaniards. The interesting part is that it looks like an indigenous on the actual bill, it’s actually a picture of a Native American Indian from North America.
The Lempira is the official currency of Honduras. The ISO 4217 currency code for the Honduran Lempira is HNL.