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Different ethnic groups live in specific environments.
The Anglo-African-Caribbean "Bay Islanders" live on the Bay Islands off the north coast.
In 1797, the Garífuna were forcibly exiled by the British to Roatán in the Bay Islands.
The Spanish colonial authorities welcomed the Garífuna, and most of them moved to the mainland.
It completely fills a small, deep valley in the headwaters of the Choluteca River, in the central highlands. The major ethnic group include the Chortí, a native people with a population of about five thousand in the department of Copán.
There may still be a few people who can speak the Chortí language, which belongs to the Mayan family.
The Jicaque group in Yoro is much larger and has been almost completely assimilated into the national culture.The Garífuna population is about one hundred thousand.The Bay Islanders are an English-speaking people who are long settled in the Caribbean.They do not use a special name to refer to themselves or their region. The nation has an area of 43,266 miles (112,492 square kilometers). The physical environment is tropical, with a long dry season (six months or more) in the south and the interior and a shorter dry season in the north.The center of the country originally was covered with pine and broadleaf forests of oak and other trees, but much of the pine forest has been logged and much of the oak forest has been cut for farming.