The Colonization Of The Maya Of Southern Belize

Joel Wainwright, Ohio State University, USA

How did the British colonize southern Belize? Six processes were foundational: territorialization, making private property, establishing Indian Reservations, enrolling the Alcaldes into the colonial state, creating a rudimentary local state apparatus, and working with the Church to ‘settle’ the Maya into permanent communities. The paper briefly reviews these processes. Since many of the effects of these processes continue to shape southern Belize, and because the Maya movement has confronted these effects, it follows that the movement is carrying forth the struggle to decolonize southern Belize.

Belize, British Colonial State, Colonialism, Indigeneity, Toledo


Vol 4 2015 Research Reports In Belizean History and Anthropology