We intended on leaving today, but it’s so peaceful here we asked Nola if we could stay an additional day. We also wanted to visit Fort San Fernando de Omoa. Nola agreed it is too soon to leave Honduras. We are only 30 miles from the Guatemalan border and are returning there after our short stay in Honduras.
San Fernando de Omoa was the largest fort in Central America. It was finished in 1774, built to protect against pirates looting the ships with silver being exporting from Omoa to Spain. The fort was captured by British forces in 1779, not long after Spain entered the American Revolutionary War on the American side. A force of 150 British soldiers managed to overwhelm and capture the Spanish garrison, consisting of 365 men. The British only held the fort for a month as tropical diseases were quick to reduce their forces. Omoa was the last Spanish stronghold in Central America after the region declared its independence. After independence in 1821, the fort was used as a prison by the Honduran authorities through the 1950s.
After our visit at the fort we returned to Nola’s and enjoyed an afternoon of dozing in the hammock, swimming in the sea and watching the sunset.