Life among the Maya of Belize

The 1958 revised edition of Brief Sketch of British Honduras, by Hamilton Anderson—who was still the Archaeological Commissioner when I taught school in Rio Blanco—contains one of the most detailed maps of the country that I know of.  A few things have changed since then.  For one thing, British Honduras is no longer a colony and is now called Belize.  “Cay Corker” is now Caye Caulker, and its neighbor island to the north is spelled Ambergris “Cay,” likewise without the “e.”  But even in 1958, Ambergris Caye was large enough, and famous enough, and beautiful enough, that it had a town—or at least a settlement—on its southeastern edge:  San Pedro.  Today, the island is one of Belize’s main tourist attractions.

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