Spanish culture quickly overtook the indigenous cultures due to the rapid spread
of European diseases, which killed many of these people. For those who survived,
many were killed in wars with the Spanish. Most of the surviving locals intermarried
the Spanish and today almost the entire country is "mestizo," which is
a combination of these people. However, the culture that exists today is heavily
influenced by the Spanish with only small details reminding people of the indigenous
cultures. The most pronounced aspects of these past cultures come in the form of
food, language, and dress, but only to a small degree. The Spanish culture dominated
in the form of lifestyle, religion (Catholicism), and language as nearly everyone
in Honduras today speaks Spanish.
The Spanish also brought in slaves from Africa for a brief period of time, but just
as this began the economy declined so there are few African influences in the country,
although in some areas there tends to be a bit of a Caribbean flair, which was also
inspired by African cultures and influences. Honduras began to grow economically
when the banana industry expanded; this led to another massive shift in the culture
and way of life for the people as most jobs shifted to this industry.
The banana industry changed the culture in Honduras forever by putting most of the
people in the fields planting and picking this food as foreign countries, primarily
the United States, spent millions of dollars to build up the country's infrastructure
to transport the bananas. Communication and transportation vastly improved, but
so too did foreign dominance as historic cultural aspects were forgotten in place
of financial gain or mere survival for some. Today, the people are regaining control
over their country and re-introducing many historic aspects of their culture, but
agriculture continues to dominate the economy and lifestyle.