Monday, February 21, 2011

Spanish Lookout Mennonite Community in the Cayo District of Belize

Spanish Lookout, Cayo District, Belize
Spanish Lookout is a small yet very modern Mennonite community in the Cayo District of Belize that is very accessible off the Western Highway. Well known for their farming capabilities and skilled craftsmanship the Mennonites in Belize have made a name for themselves in Belize.

In 1958 Kleine Gemeinde Mennonites who objected to a new social welfare law in Mexico moved to Belize, creating the Spanish Lookout settlement when they found that the land was very fertile and readily available in Belize. The citizens of this community speak Plautdietsch; most also speak English and Spanish. It is largely an agricultural community with some light industry, furniture making, prefabricated wood houses and the only oil field in production in Belize.

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