Tawahka is a Macro-Chibchan language that is very closely related to Sumo, which is spoken in Nicaragua. Misquito is a Macro-Chibchan language, although most Misquitos speak fluent Spanish.
The Misquito population is about thirty-four thousand.
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Only those in Montaña de la Flor still speak the Tol (Jicaque) language, which is in the Hokan family.
The Jicaque group in Yoro is much larger and has been almost completely assimilated into the national culture.
The Lenca population is about one hundred thousand.
The Jicaque are a native people who live in the department of Yoro and the community of Montaña de la Flor (municipality of Orica) in the department of Francisco Morazán.
The north coast was once primarily rain forest, but much of it has been cleared for commercial banana plantations. It includes the "Mosquito Coast," which is actually a long series of white sand beaches and freshwater lagoons.
Inland from the coast, the Mosquitia has one of the last great stands of tropical rain forest left in North America, plus pine woods and grasslands.
All these people self-identify as Hondurans, however.
Spanish-speaking people in the center of the country are the most numerous and are culturally dominant.
Different ethnic groups live in specific environments.
The Anglo-African-Caribbean "Bay Islanders" live on the Bay Islands off the north coast.
The name of the country means "depths." It was so named by Christopher Columbus on his fourth voyage because of the deep waters at the mouth of the Tinto o Negro River off the Mosquito Coast.