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The name Tela is derived from Triunfo de la Cruz.
It became an important port in the early 1900s as headquarters of the Tela Railroad Company, later the United Fruit Company whose headquarters was there until 1970.
The town had an extensive railyard, and trains used to run all the way out to the dock. Passenger trains still run twice a week from Tela to San Pedro Sula and Puerto Corts, the only routes in the country still served by trains.
The municipality of Tela had, in 1988, a population of 65,146. Its area was 1163.3 square kilometers. There were 13,760 dwellings in the municipality, 77 aldeas (small to medium sized settlements), and 294 caserios (extremely small hamlets, many with no more than 2 or 3 families).

Tela is one of many towns on the Caribbean Coast of Central America with many Garifuna towns nearby.

The Garifuna or Garfuna are an ethnic group in the Caribbean area, descended from a mix of Amerindian and African people. They are also sometimes known as Garifune or Black Caribs. There are estimated to be about 200,000 of them in Central America and the United States.

The most common version of how 'Black Caribs' came to be states that in 1635, two Spanish ships carrying slaves to the West Indies from what is now Nigeria were shipwrecked near the island of Saint Vincent. The slaves escaped the sinking boat and reached the shores of the island, where they were welcomed by the Caribs, who offered their protection. Their intermarriage formed the Garinagu people, known as the Garifuna today. The name was derived from "Kalipuna", one of the Island Carib names for themselves. In addition to shipwrecked Africans or early explorer Africans, the Caribs also captured slaves when they raided the British and French on neighbouring islands, and many of them were eventually adopted into the tribe.
When the British invaded Saint Vincent, they were opposed by French settlers and their Carib allies. When the Caribs eventually surrendered to the British in 1796, the "Black Caribs" were considered enemies and were deported to Roatn, an island off what is today Honduras.
The British separated the more African-looking Caribs from the more Amerindian looking ones, and decided that the former were enemies who must be deported, while the latter were merely "misled" and were allowed to remain.
More than 4,000 Black Caribs were deported, but only about 2,000 of them survived the trip to Roatn. Because the island was too small and infertile to support their population, the Garifuna petitioned the Spanish authorities to be allowed to settle on the mainland. The Spanish employed them as soldiers, and they spread along the Caribbean coast of Central America.
Today many Garifuna are settled around the Bay of Honduras, especially in southern Belize, on the coast of Guatemala around Livingston, and on the island of Roatn, and coastal towns of Honduras and Nicaragua.

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