Wahnti wahnti kyah geti an geti geti nuh wahnti.
Welcome to Belize!
Belize is located on the Caribbean Sea, southeast of Mexico and east of Guatemala. It is a hot, humid country with swampy lands, coastal areas, and thick rainforest; Belize has two seasons “wet” and “dry” (“Belize”). It is frequently visited by tourists, especially cruise ships, for activities such as cave tubing, zip lining, snorkeling, sailing, diving, and sightseeing at the Mayan ruins.
Belize was known as British Honduras, and it was a British colony until its independence in 1981. Though the British Colonized Belize, it was originally settled by indigenous people, specifically the Maya. They “thrived in the area between the third and ninth centuries as part of a civilization that covered Guatemala, Honduras, southern Mexico, and El Salvador” (“Belize” CultureGrams). Now, as a sovereign state, Belize is ruled by a Parliamentary Democracy led by a Prime Minister (“Belize” World Geography).
What does it mean to be Belizean?
Belize has a diverse population; 49% of the people are “Mestizos, or people with mixed European and indigenous ancestry” (“Belize” World Geography). Many of the people maintain their Maya ancestry and blood lines, while others, known as the Garifuna people, were brought over from Africa as slaves by the European settlers (“Belize” World Geography). After slavery was abolished, many Chinese people were brought to work as indentured servants, and though their population is small, they own many businesses in Belize (“People of Belize”).