Belize is not a typical Caribbean country nor is it a typical Central American country. It is a flat low-lying land in a part of the world characterized by mountainous/volcanic terrain. It is a country of contrasts where its Mestizos have taken over the African marimba and its Creoles consider maize (in tamales and panades) a staple of their diet. Are all Belizeans Black as their Central American neighbors expect? Or are they all Hispanic as their Caribbean counterparts suspect? Who are Belizeans and where did they come from? Simply Belize: A Cultural Diary offers 13 answers.