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Nacaome, the capital of the department of Valle in Honduras, traversed by the river of the same name. Founded in 1535, Nacaome was the site of a battle in which Francisco Ferrera and Francisco Malespín joined to defeat an invading Nicaraguan Liberal force on 24 October 1844. Malespín then led a combined Honduran-Salvadoran army to capture León, Nicaragua, on 24 January 1845, bringing a temporary respite to the fighting. The city was host to a conference beginning 6 July 1847 between Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, during one of many attempts to reunite the United Provinces of Central America. The Pact of Nacaome was signed there on 7 October 1847. The pact provided for the reconstitution of the federal government, but was never implemented because of the absence of representatives from Nicaragua and Costa Rica.


Lorenzo Montúfar, Reseña histórica de Centro America, vol. 4. Guatemala: El Progreso, 1881.

Thomas Karnes, The Failure of Union. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1961.

Mario Argueta and Edgardo Quiñónes, Historia de Honduras, 2d ed. Tegucigalpa: Escuela Superior del Profesorado Francisco Morazán (1979).

Additional Bibliography

Sierra Fonseca, Rolando. Colonia, independencia y reforma: Introducción a la historiografía hondureña (1876–2000.) Tegucigalpa: Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán, Fondo Editorial, 2001.

Woodward, Ralph Lee. Central America: A Nation Divided. Cambridge: Oxford University Press, 1999.

                                   Jeffrey D. Samuels