- Gracias a Dios Department
Gracias a Dios (Spanish: "Thanks to
God") is one of the 18 departments "(departamentos)" into which the Central American nation of Hondurasis divided. The departmental capital is Puerto Lempira; until 1975it was Brus Laguna. Once a part of the Mosquito Coast, it was formed in 1957from all of Mosquitia territory and parts of Colón and Olancho departments, with the boundary running along 85° W from Cape Camarónsouth. The department is rather remote and inaccessible by land, though local airlines fly to the main cities.
Gracias a Dios department covers a total surface area of 16,630 km² and, in 2005, had an estimated population of 76,278. Though it is the second largest department in the country, it is sparsely populated, and contains extensive pine savannas, swamps, and
rainforests. However, the expansion of the agricultural frontier is a perennial threat to the natural bounty of the department.
It contains the
Caratasca Lagoon, the largest such lagoon in Honduras.
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