In 1823 Honduras joined the United Provinces of Central America and adopted their flag which was changed in 1866 to include five blue stars in the centre to represent the original Central American provinces. The colours and pattern remain the same as the flag of the United Provinces of Central America.
The coat of arms with its motto: "Republic of Honduras free sovereign and independent" since 1825 is still valid today. Very similar to the 1843 coat of arms of Guatemala it shows the triangle coat of arms of the Central American federation with a volcano between two golden towers in an oval. The towers stand for the defence readiness and the independence of the country with the triangle symbolizing equality and freedom. Behind it are a sun and a rainbow. On the oval are two filling horns and an arrow bundle, a reminder of the native inhabitants of the country. The landscape with oaks, Pine, tillage implements and devices for the mining industry are a symbol of the natural wealth of the country.
Christopher Columbus first saw Honduran soil in 1502, and he claimed the territory in the name of his sovereigns, Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile. He named the area "Honduras" (meaning "depths") for the deep water off the coast.
The Honduran national football team, nicknamed Los Catrachos, is controlled by the Federacion Nacional Autonoma de Futbol de Honduras (founded in 1951). They are a rising team in CONCACAF, an ascent that started with their third place finish in the 2001 Copa America, where they were a late invitee, due to a withdrawal by Argentina one day prior to kickoff. In October 2009, they confirmed qualification to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which will be their first appearance in the competition since 1982.