September 29 – Tegucigalpa Anniversary

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  • September 29, 1578 is recognized as the day that marks the founding of Tegucigalpa under the name of Real de Minas de San Miguel de Tegucigalpa.

    The city was founded by a group of Spaniards who established themselves to mine silver veins. In 1821 it was elevated to the rank of city.

    Three centuries later, on October 30, 1880, it became the capital of the country when the then president Marco Aurelio Soto, moved the capital of the country from the city of Comayagua.

    Tegucigalpa, according to those same sources, means “silver hill” and was baptized with that name due to the wealth of this mineral in the area.

    The first settlers set their homes among the hills separated by ravines, streams and rivers, especially the mighty Rio Grande, which winds through the very center of the city, today totally polluted.

    Since 1937, together with neighboring Comayagüela, it forms the municipality of the Central District, which is constitutionally the capital of the country.

    On this day religious, artistic and cultural events are held in honor of the capital.

    September 29 - Tegucigalpa Anniversary
    View of part of the city of Tegucigalpa
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