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Roatαn is a small island in the Caribbean and is the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras.
It is small 48 miles long, and about 5 miles wide. . The island rests on an exposed ancient coral reef, rising to about 270 metres (890 ft) above sea level.  Second largest reef in the world.

Christopher Columbus on his fourth voyage (1502–1504) came to this island. Soon after the Spanish began raiding the islands for slave labor. More devastating for Native American communities was exposure to  diseases for which they had no immunity, such as smallpox and measles. No indigenous people survived the consequent epidemics.

Over the next several hundred years there were repeated conflicts for this island between Spain and Great Britain. The location was attractive to everyone, and in time there were many people migrating from other islands in the Caribbean to include the Cayman Islands. However a major population here came with an influx of Spanish speaking people from the Honduran mainland. . Even the mainlander influx was dwarfed in number and economic effects by the overwhelming tourist presence in the 21st century. Today tourism reigns here, and the beaches, with the new harbor have been a magnet for Roatan. This photo is of a small store near the beach. Ship traffic here has risen consistently.






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