Garifuna in Belize

History: The Garifuna people are of mixed African and indigenous people originally from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent who speak the Garifuna dialect of the Arawakan language. They are also known as Garinagu, the plural of Garifuna. A brief civil war in 1832 found the Caribs, the Garinagu were forced to flee to neighboring … More Garifuna in Belize

Mestizo in Belize

History: Mestizo is the mixture of Europeans (Spanish) and Indian ancestry (Amerindians). Originally, they arrived in Belize in 1847 to escape La Guerra de Castas (the Caste War). The word “Mestizo” is a Spanish word meaning mixed. Mestizos are found all over Belize, but mainly Corozal and Orange Walk. Most are Catholics and speak the … More Mestizo in Belize