Belizeans are well aware of the struggle to become first-time landowners. That unequal access to land has been commented on in a number of public forums.

And, back in April of last year, Deputy Prime Minister Cordel Hyde famously said, "There's been a problem in this country for far too long. Land has been the domain of the elite."

But, is there a conclusive, historical perspective to that inequity? After all, some Belizean residents, have been gotten so desperate for land access, that they have resorted to squatting in swamps and wetlands, amongst crocodiles, walking on shipping pallets, re-pupposed as "London Bridges".

Well, Cubola Productions, publishers, out of Benque Viejo Town, have published a new book from geographer Odile Hoffmann. It's called "Property and Territory, Origins of a Colonial Order in Belize in the 19th and 20th Century."

It's a major research work, as the book explains the geographical and political and colonial complexities surrounding land in Belize.

It was formally launched at the Mexican Institute this morning and 7News attended. Here's what the panelists had to say about a few of the books most important features:

The book is available at Brodies.



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