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ISBN 13: 978-1-55017-325-3
ISBN 10: 1-55017-325-1
B & W photos, maps
5.25 x 8.25 - 240 pp
May 2006
CAD$24.95 • USD$24.95

Understanding Belize

A Historical Guide
"All a we mek Belize," goes the Creole saying. "All of us make Belize." An alternative guide to one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean.

Book 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 (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.