These British settlers came to depend on slave labor for the harsh logging work in Belize.
The Belizean culture is a mix of influences and people from Kriol, Maya, Garinagu (also known as Garifuna), Mestizo (a mixture of Spanish and Native Americans), Mennonites who are of German descent, with a blend of many other cultures from Chinese to Lebanese.
It is a unique blend that emerged through the country's long and occasionally violent history. It is not uncommon for Belizeans to greet each other on the street even if they have never seen each other before, or for acquaintances to spend minutes at a time chatting, oblivious to what is happening around them.
The small population means that comparatively minor amounts of immigration can change Belize’s population dramatically.
On the Belizean flag, African and Latino men stand side by side under the shade of an indigenous mahogany tree.
Belize is a small, friendly English speaking country south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. they flourished as a master civilization, constructing impressive ceremonial centers and villages, until their mysterious disappearance in 1000 C. The Spanish were the first to lay claim to the area now known as Belize, having colonized the area now know as Belize in the 16th and 17th centuries.