Colon is one of the 18 departments that make up Honduras, and it is one of the places where people live there. It was made in 1881. Trujillo is the capital of the department, and Tocoa is the other big city in the same area of the country. In 1502 when Christopher Columbus reached the shore of Honduras, he held the first Catholic Mass on the American mainland.
Colon is home to a lot of Garifuna people and has beautiful beaches and rainforested national parks. Fort Santa Barbara, built by the Spaniards in the colonial era, was where US filibuster William Walker was executed in Trujillo. His body is buried in the graveyard of the city, which is where he was killed.
Because of this, the department has a total surface area of 8,875 km2. In 2007, it was estimated that 284,900 people lived there.