View from the bus stop of San Antonio Village, in Cayo. Also a view of the main centre
Migration and Settlement of San Antonio, Cayo
San Antonio, Cayo is a Yucatec-Maya dominated community located on the entrance of the pristine Maya mountains of Belize. The founding fathers, the Howes, Meshs, Mais, Tzibs, and Tzuls, migrated from northern and south-western Yucatan through northern Belize and Guatemala into San Jose Soccotz, Bullet Tree, Cristo Rey, Yalbac, San Antonio and other areas in the Cayo District. Their refugee-like migration was also conditioned by notions of survival through agriculture. Our fathers first migrated into the Pine Ridge area; but due to the conditions of the soil and limited agricultural production, they decided to migrate once more. They moved to the outskirts of the Maya mountains in an area that had several water wells, and small mounds. Specifically, oral history indicates that the territory, that is now San Antonio, maintained three main mounds. Our fathers decided to settle in this particular location because it provided fertile soil and access to drinking water. Their rationalization for settlement innately created our home in a valley surrounded by virgin mountains. Although the community is now transitioning from an agricultural background it is important to remember our origins and remember Osh Multun Kakab!
Photographs by San Antonio Village - TANAH
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