Amapala

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Amapala
—  Municipality  —
Cathedral of Amapala
Amapala is located in Honduras
Amapala
Coordinates: 13°17′32″N 87°39′14″W / 13.29222°N 87.65389°W / 13.29222; -87.65389Coordinates: 13°17′32″N 87°39′14″W / 13.29222°N 87.65389°W / 13.29222; -87.65389
Country Honduras
DepartamentValle
Government
 • Mayor
Area
 • Land75.2 km2 (29.0 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Municipality9,687
 • Urban2,482
Time zoneCentral America (UTC-6)
 
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Amapala
—  Municipality  —
Cathedral of Amapala
Amapala is located in Honduras
Amapala
Coordinates: 13°17′32″N 87°39′14″W / 13.29222°N 87.65389°W / 13.29222; -87.65389Coordinates: 13°17′32″N 87°39′14″W / 13.29222°N 87.65389°W / 13.29222; -87.65389
Country Honduras
DepartamentValle
Government
 • Mayor
Area
 • Land75.2 km2 (29.0 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Municipality9,687
 • Urban2,482
Time zoneCentral America (UTC-6)

Amapala is a municipality in the Honduran department of Valle.

It is formed by El Tigre Island and its satellite islets and rocks in the Gulf of Fonseca. It has an area of 75.2 km² and a population of 2,482 as of the census of 2001 (of which 4 people were living on Isla Comandante). Thanks to a natural deep channel, and despite lacking modern infrastructure, Amapala long served as the main Honduran port in the Pacific Ocean.

Beginning in the late 19th century, Amapala was gradually replaced by the port of San Lorenzo on the mainland. A description of the town in 1881 can be found in the book A Lady's Ride Across Spanish Honduras by Mary Lester (a.k.a. Mary Soltera). It was intended to be the capital of the Republic of Central America in the late 1890s.

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