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The various treaties and agreements were ratified by the participants in 1923, but little was done to put them into ­effect. The following year, a frustrated candidate for the Honduran presidency established another dictatorship. This sparked yet another war between conservative and liberal interests. S. business investments. The Honduran dictator was killed in the fighting, and the United States backed a peace agree-­ ment among the contending forces. One of the main objectives of the agreement was to stop insurgents from using bases in Honduras Through Time neighboring countries, a common tactic of Central American revolutionaries for decades.

Conquistadors also rode horses into combat and were accompanied by fiercely trained dogs. In addition to their technological edge, the Spanish enjoyed a significant advantage in their cultural approach to warfare. Ritual combat was common in Central America. Battles were fought between tribes, but few people were actually killed on the field. Captives were taken and some were later sacrificed in religious ceremonies or other public spectacles. In Europe, however, soldiers killed their enemies on the battlefield in large numbers, a practice that confused and terrified the Indi-­ ans.

The plantation system cre-­ ated a demand for workers, but wages were ­low. In 1880, most of Honduras’s 382,000 people continued to live as subsistence farmers. Honduras had few schools and no public libraries or newspapers. Never politically stable, the 47 48 Honduras country experienced numerous regime changes and insur-­ rections. Despite calling itself a representative government, Honduras was a dictatorship. The waning years of the nine-­ teenth century brought vast changes, however, as the national economy became dependent on one export crop—­bananas.

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