Puerto Cortés

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Puerto Cortés

 

a city in northwestern Honduras, in the department of Cortes. Population, 27,800 (1971). Puerto Cortes is the country’s main port on the Gulf of Honduras of the Caribbean Sea. It is linked by highway with Tegucigalpa. The city is the center of an area of banana plantations, which are owned by the American United Fruit Company. There are food-processing enterprises in Puerto Cortes, as well as an oil refinery, which is owned by the American company Texas Petroleum. Bananas, coffee, and wood are exported. Puerto Cortes was founded in 1525.