Roatan Scuba Diving Divas
Face Book  West Bay Resort
West Bay Lodge Serenity Day Spa Celestes Island Cuisine

Roatan Photos

West Bay Restaurant Vintage Pearl
Vintage Pearl

Waves of Art Gift Shop is located in West End Village on Roatan Island in Honduras
Waves of Art

Roatan Tours  Excursions
Roatan Tours

Roatan Fishing Gear
West End
Boat & Tackle

Catamaran Tours
Jolly Roger Roatan

Carambola Botanical Gardens where we showcase nature at its finest
Carambola Gardens

Canopy Zip Line Tour and Eco Park Adventures at South Shore
South Shore Zipline

Christopher Tours
Christopher Tours

Roatan Serenity Day Spa Custom Designed With Renewing Body Treatments Just For You
Serenity Day Spa

Excursions Roatan Tour Company offers the most authentic Roatan Tours on the Island.

Custom Embroidery

Roatan Island Honduras Second Hand News: Holidays for April: 14th America Day, 17tth Maundy Thursday, 18th Good Friday, 19th Holy Saturday and the 20th Easter   more...




Did you ever wonder why Hondurans or Hondureños
are called catrachos?

soldier of fortune
"There once was a crazy American doctor and soldier of fortune by the name of William Walker who had visions of conquering Central America. He rounded up a band of so-called 'free booters' (aka, pirates) and sailed from San Francisco to begin his conquest. Along with a couple of hundred locals who had grievances against the Nicaraguan government of the time, he did succeed in making himself president (of Nicaragua) for a couple of years. During this time it became clear that he did not intend to stop with Nicaragua and, in fact, coveted all of Central America even going so far as to reintroduce slavery to the region. Honduras decided they wanted none of this and sent some 600 troops under the command of two generals who were brothers, Florencio and Pedro Xatruch. The Nicaraguan people began calling these troops the “xatuchos” as in, “Here come the xatruchos!"

"Since the Spanish pronunciation for the letter x sounds something like a hard c (or ks in English) the word began to be pronounced as 'catruchos' and eventually catrachos. Since these troops won the battle to oust Walker and his band of brigands and eventually executed him, the nickname has been carried on in honor of these brave men who saved not only their own country and Nicaragua but probably all of Central America. Today the term serves as a kind of brotherhood bond for Honduran men and bespeaks of the solidarity of the people of Honduras as they work together to feed their families and form a better, more prosperous Honduras."

Perhaps fittingly, the word has also came to mean colloquially the fried corn tortilla on which refried beans and shredded cheese are placed.

"It is also the name of the Honduran Soccer Team."

Article by: Greg Mauphin
The Sandy Bay Reef Observer

Read More About Honduras

Puppy Finds Her First Boy (Angel)

View Slide Show of Penny the Puppy
1 Week to 5 Weeks

Photo by: Luisa Funes

Photo of the Week

Photo Sponsored by:

Garcia Adventure Tours
Your family for the day.

Heart of West Bay Beach Resort BananaramaDive
Beach & Dive Resort


Roatan Wood Carving Artist Palanca



Subscribe: Roatan News & Photo of the Week. We keep it simple... Only Email Required.

Roatan Real Beach Wedding Photos

Roatan Articles and Photos

Experience our Roatan island style website!
Enjoy Roatan island adventures, articles, photos,
slide shows, tourist adventures, restaurants,
tours, scuba diving, gift shops and much more!

Escape to pristine Roatan island beaches, coral reefs and participate in Roatan island culture.
Roatan Island
Is Here To Enjoy - Please Help Us Protect the Reef

Roatan Cloud

Roatan Directory

Roatan Island Guide Lines Tourists

Island News and Roatan Photo of the Week

Enjoy Free Roatan Desktop Wallpaper and Free Roatan Screen Savers Enjoy...

Welcome To My Back Yard


Honduras - Honduras History - Parks in HondurasHolidays

Other Roatan Island Related Sites
That May Interest You

Roatan Activities Tours RoatanIslandHonduras Roatan Guides Adventures

Roatan Vacation Rentals RoatanBeachFront Roatan Vacation Accommodations

Domain Names Hosting InternetHostCafe Build Your Own Web Site
Roatan Island Style

Please Read Our Copyright Policy

I'd take off all my clothes
& cross the damp cold lawn & down the bluff

into the terrible water & walk forever
under it out toward the island


(Quote for this page)
“Between the inner and outer beaches,
a strand of woods thrived: palms, palmettos, mahogany, figs, and calabash.
Coconut palms and fig trees dropped enough fruit to feed the wildlife that swooped by in droves.
It was so easy to catch a fish with your bare hands,
Tristan and I had made a game of it during our weeks of lovemaking on the warm, supple sand.
It truly was paradise.”
A. Violet End, The Billionaire Who Atoned to Me