Travel to Belize in Central America with Bob Taylor and Jacquie Kubin on The CommDigiNews Hour Travel the World Podcast Radio
Tonight on the CommDiginews Hour Travel the World we continue our tour of Central America with a tour of Belize. Geographically situated south of Mexico with Guatemala to the west and south, Belize is the only country in Central America whose official language is English.
The Maya civilization dates to about 1500 BC and thrived until about 900 AD before it suddenly disappeared; Modern Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, gained its independence in 1981. The influence of the British on the schools and the world feel of this tiny county combined with the depth of the Maya culture creates a diverse community with many cultures, including a strong Amish influence.
Today the Maya way of life is still strong as Mayas work to keep their historical places and culture alive. Descendants of the Maya still have a rich presence and thrive primarily as farmers in the region, while many of the youth are found in tourism as docents at historical sites, such as the many pyramids that still exist. The largest is Lamanai in the northeast part of the country.
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