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History

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The small seed planted in 1941 by Samuel Zemurray, Wilson Popenoe, and other visionary personalities flourishes today as an institution of excellence that maintains principles and enduring values while evolving to be of service to modern society.

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Zamorano was born from the inspiration and support of Samuel Zemurray, president of the United Fruit Company. Zemurray set out to create an agricultural educational center of high quality, dedicated to educating young people throughout the region.

To realize the dream, Zemurray commissioned Dr. Wilson Popenoe, a renowned botanist and horticulturist with extensive experience in the region. For several weeks in 1941, Popenoe explored the Central American highlands to develop the nascent project. He chose a farm of approximately 1,500 hectares in the Yeguare Valley, some 30 kilometers from the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa. The name Zamorano comes from the Zamorano family that previously owned the estate, originally from the province of Zamora, Spain.

Construction of “The School" began at the end of 1941. Popenoe became the Founding Director of the novel educational institution, serving in that capacity until 1957. Since then, the small institution has grown into a center of educational excellence at the service of the Americas.

The Panamerican Agriculture University, Zamorano, is incorporated in the state of Delaware, United States, operating officially as "Escuela Agrícola Panamericana." It holds a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit status in the United States under EIN 04-2104172. Donations and support to Zamorano are tax deductible in many countries and jurisdictions.

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