Honduras: The Meaning of the Word “Catracho”

Some might wonder why Hondurans are referred to as “Catrachos.” La Gringa did some investigating and found an interesting wikipedia article about Florencio Xatruch, who led Honduran troops against William Walker in the mid-1800s and, “When referring to the Honduran troops, the Nicaraguan people would say, “here come the xatruches,” which later became catruches, and finally became catrachos.”


  • douglas R penalba

    Gringa, me alegro que hayas encontrado el significado de Catracho, yo como Hondureno me averguenso de no saverlo tampoco,ahora en mi trabajo me dio la curiosidad por saver que significaba la palbra en cuestion pues hace algun tiempo me preguntaron que significaba y no pude contestar, lo unico que pude hacer fue cambiar de platica y decir que Tegucigalpa significa Cerro de Plata aunque hay tambien otras definiciones de lo que significa, si en verdad eres Gringa te felicito por tu research Thank you.

    Douglas R. Penalba

  • De nada, Douglas. Ha leído el articulo entero en mi blog? Es muy interesante, verdad? Ahora, despues de leer este comentario en mi pobre español, no hay pregunta que yo soy gringa!

  • douglas

    si parece que si eres,anyway thank you for answering

    where do you live in Honduras? I rader clled Alturas,

    I did onces had a girl friend gringa doughter of a so

    called missionery of one of those beliefs, but she left

    to USA and never so her again, I’m glad you finded

    A good Catracho like you mentioned in your blog,

    thanks again for finding the meaning of Catracho,

    dont forget to practice your spanish…talk to you



    I’m so glad that I found the truth about Catracho! Thanks Gringa for investigating it because I too got stomped with that question! Gracias! Karlita de Chi-Town

  • maritza ramos zavala

    hola bueno la verdad quisiera saber de donde sos y que significa para voz la palbra honduras en si no en teoria si no entod los aspectos

  • U r a good investigator greengop saludos

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