Understanding Belize A Historical Guide

ISBN-10: 1550173251
ISBN-13: 9781550173253
Edition: 2006 (Unabridged)
Authors: Alan Twigg
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Description: Tiny, island-dotted Belize, perched on the Caribbean, south of Mexico and east of Guatemala, is a fascinating blend of Creole, Mestizo, Maya, Garifuna, English, East Indian, Mennonite, Lebanese and Chinese cultures. With its colonial background  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Harbour Publishing Company, Limited
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Tiny, island-dotted Belize, perched on the Caribbean, south of Mexico and east of Guatemala, is a fascinating blend of Creole, Mestizo, Maya, Garifuna, English, East Indian, Mennonite, Lebanese and Chinese cultures. With its colonial background (English remains the official language) and a history of fending off its Latin neighbours, Belize has emerged as a relatively stable democracy that is as much Caribbean as it is Central American. In "Understanding Belize," Alan Twigg tells the story of the country, from its bizarre early days as a haven for pirates, through its colonial period as British Honduras, to its new status as an ecotourism mecca and a hotspot for Mayan archaeology. This lively history includes original photos, a comprehensive timeline and a feature on nation founder George Price, the longest serving democratically elected leader in history. "Understanding Belize" is an eye-opening alternative to the glossy tourist brochures. Lobster-and-orchid-rich Belize looks great from a hammock on Ambergris Caye, the place that inspired Madonna's song "La Isla Bonita," but don't go buying that seaside lot until you learn more about this beautiful--but problematic--paradise from the author of "Cuba: A Concise History for Travellers."

Welcome to Belize
The Maya
Spanish Eyes
Pirates, Puritans and Politics
The Sucking Colony
Despard's Plight
Mahogany and Other Industries
Humans for Sale
Abolition and Patriotism
Garifuna Exodus
British Honduras
Garveyism to Unionism
Liberator of Belize
Growing Pains
Free at Last
The New Millennium
Tourism

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