Sandra Scott Travels: Enjoy The Flavor of History in Trujillo

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

Last week I asked: Where did O’Henry write “Cabbages and Kings?”

In Trujillo, Honduras.

Trujillo fortress
Trujillo fortress

O’Henry is better known for “The Gift of the Magi” but he also wrote “Cabbages and Kings” based on his stay in Trujillo, where he fled in order to avoid being charged with embezzlement.

He coined the phrase “Banana Republic.”

The book was written in 1904 but not much has changed in Trujillo.

Trujillo has a fascinating history.

Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus

On August 14, 1502, Christopher Columbus’ fourth and final voyage arrived at the mainland of the America for the first time.

Under Spanish rule, Trujillo became the capital of Honduras and a fortress was built on a bluff above the Bay of Trujillo.

But, the Spanish could not defend the area from pirates so the capital was moved inland.

There is an American who features strongly in Central American history and yet most Americans never heard of him.

His name is William Walker.

Central Park in Trujillo
Central Park in Trujillo

Walker was a well-educated American who was a privateer and invaded Latin America with the intention of setting up English-speaking colonies under his personal control.

He actually usurped the presidency of Nicaragua and was the country’s president for one year.

He was defeated by a coalition of Central American armies and was executed in Trujillo in 1860.

Diving at Trujillo Bay
Diving at Trujillo Bay

There is a stone monument at the site of his execution and he is buried in the Old Cemetery.

Several unsuccessful attempts have been tried to revitalize Trujillo in recent years.

The most bizarre on was in the 1990s. Trujillo Bay was to be the site for constructing the Freedom Ship, or The Floating City, which would float around the world.

The plan was over the top with condos, universities, and more.

Snorkeling is also popular
Snorkeling is also popular

The locals were pinning their hopes on it but nothing came of it but a few signs and a website.

Now, however, they are trying to make Trujillo a cruise port.

Some cruise ships have stopped, but the area is not ready for the big ones but it is a good port for ships with less than 1,000 passengers.

They have spruced up the city square and there are actually tours people can take.

On our last visit we went out on a dive boat.

Amazing, years ago we unsuccessfully tried to take a boat ride – there were boats but no working motors.

Rio Grande natural water slide.
Rio Grande natural water slide.

A Canadian, Ken Reaume, has a real dive boat and all the necessary equipment.

Some of us went snorkeling and some diving.

Trujillo Bay has a place called Starfish Bay where the starfish are different colors.

It was a great day.

Hopefully, it will be the start of a new renaissance for Trujillo.

Another fun time was on the Rio Grande where there are swimming holes between the huge boulders plus an area with a natural water slide.

There are several “gated communities” that have been developed in the last 15 years but they seem to be languishing in the sun.

All the properties have been sold but only a few houses have been built.

There is a bright light on the horizon – Njoi, a gated community that can hold its own with any in the Caymans and elsewhere.

Welcome to Njoi
Welcome to Njoi

They seem to be doing it right with all the necessary infrastructure and beautiful homes – only a couple have been built.

Before arriving in Trujillo, some of our family stopped in La Ceiba and went canyoneering down the jungle waterfalls – one waterfalls was 83 feet high.

Honduras has a lot to offer tourists.

Trivia Tease™: Where can you see the Hieroglyphic Stairway?

Look for the answer next week.

Sandra and her husband, John, have been exploring the world for decades, always on the lookout for something new and unique to experience. We have sailed down the Nile for a week on a felucca, stayed with the Pesch Indians in La Mosquitia, visited schools in a variety of countries, and — to add balance to our life — stayed at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Let the fun continue!