The United States recognized the independence of the Federation of Central American States (of which Honduras was a member) from Spain on August 4, 1824. The United States recognized Honduras as a separate, independent state on April 19, 1853.
Honduras is an ally of the United States, and its population registers some of the highest favorability ratings in the hemisphere toward the United States. United States policy in Honduras is focused on strengthening democratic governance, including the promotion of human rights and the rule of law, enhancing economic prosperity, and improving the long-term security situation in the country. U.S. Government programs are aimed at promoting a healthy and more open economy capable of sustainable growth, improving the business and investment climate, protecting U.S. citizen and corporate rights, and promoting the well-being and security of the Honduran people.
The United States works with Honduras to address transnational challenges–including the fight against transnational criminal networks, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, irregular migration, and trafficking in persons–and encourages and supports Honduran efforts to protect the environment. The goals of strengthening democracy and promoting viable economic growth are also intended to encourage Hondurans to avoid leaving their country and are especially important given the country’s geographical proximity to the United States. An estimated 1 million Hondurans reside in the United States, 600,000 of whom are believed to be undocumented; consequently, immigration issues are an important item on the bilateral agenda. Today, the US embassy resides in Tegucigalpa. For more information on our relationship with Honduras, please click here.
Source, United States Department of State, Office of the Historian and Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.