Dating and marriage in belize
Up to the middle of this century the design of houses was influenced by styles from the turn of the twentieth century found throughout the British West Indies.
At the private level the current small sizes of houses for the large numbers of occupants leads to relatively small space available for individuals.
The result is that food items—mainly sugar, citrus, and banana— accounted for 86 percent of exports in 1996 and contributed almost 80 percent of foreign exchange earnings. The most pervasive legacy of colonialism in the modern economy is the concentration of land in large holdings owned by foreigners who use the land for speculation.
This monopoly resulted in only 15 percent of the land available for agriculture being used for that purpose in the early 1980s.
Ethnic and geographic identification coincides with the areas where ethnic groups settled.
There are hardly any food taboos, but there are beliefs across ethnic groups that certain foods, notably soups and drinks, help restore health. Apart from specific preferences for some food items at large religious ceremonies, especially among the Garifuna, the items eaten at ceremonies are basically those eaten daily.
At such ceremonies, there are usually store-bought alcoholic beverages.
The immediate reason was to rebuild after the massive destruction of the old capital, Belize City, by a hurricane in 1961; another reason was to attract the population into the hinterland to engage in agriculture, which the government was promoting to replace timber, the hallmark of the colonial economy.
The government was attempting to build a national culture emerging from colonialism with a new settlement pattern and a new economy. Belize is at the southern end of the Yucatan peninsula, facing the Caribbean Sea. The latest massive inflow came from Latinos in the neighboring countries fleeing the civil unrest of the 1980s.Only in some rural communities are home-fermented fruit wines drunk. The national currency is known as the Belizean dollar.