The Maryland Naturalist, 1960Nature and Man in British Honduras
by Wilfred T. Neill
Research Division, Ross Allen's Reptile Institute, Inc.
Silver Springs, Florida
This is a brief sketch of a small country, the smallest in Central America; not a fiery Latin republic but a quiet British colony on the shores of the Caribbean. Lying south of Mexico and east of Guatemala, the land is called British Honduras.
It is a country whose capital is built at sea level In a mangrove swamp; where a waterfall, reputedly a thousand feet high, has gone unnamed and uninvestigated; where hundreds of offshore islets form a barrier reef rivaled only by Australia's; where rainforest and jungle, pineland and grass-land, swamp and dry scrub, intermingle to provide a natural setting of unsur-passed complexity.
The people of the country are equally complex. In this land the blood lines of African Negroes, Maya Indians, and Scotch pirates have blended to form a new racial type; the descendants of escaped slaves speak an American Indian language, and hold themselves apart from other people; the blue-eyed Baymen of Belize sail their little sloops among coral islands... CLICK HERE
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