Mirror Reflections – Belize & Russia


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Stann Creek, Belize

The ancient Maya were the first to inhabit the Stann Creek Belize district, and it is believed that they flourished in the region around the year 800 AD. Should you head a bit south of Dangriga, you’ll find the impressive Maya ruins of Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun. The Maya here made a valiant effort to stand off the Spanish, but the European diseases that the newcomers brought with them were just one big obstacle. By the 1600’s, English pirates and Puritans from North America began to arrive along Belize’s coastline, and by the 1700″s, there were Creole villages springing up near spots where rivers meet the sea. The Garifuna, who are a mixture of African and Amerindian people, first starting coming to Belize from Honduras in the early 1800″s. On November 19, 1832, some 200 Garifuna people landed at Dangriga, which at that time was known as Stann Creek Town. The word “stann” referred to a kind of safe haven/trading post that incoming British colonists used when coming to the “New World”. Stann Creek Town was renamed Dangriga, which is a Garifuna word that means “sweet water”.

visit: http://www.destination360.com/central-america/belize/stann-creek

Shot through the Congregational Mosque

Bolgar, Russia

On the banks of the Volga thirty miles below the confluence of the Kama is one of the great monuments of the Tatars cultural heritage. It is here that lies an ancient Bulgarian fortress. Bolgar was the capital of one of the earliest state associations in Eastern Europe. The territory of Volga Bulgaria was originally thought to be settled by Finno-Ugric peoples, which included Mari people. Under the command Kotrag, Kubrat‘s son the Bulgars moved from the Azov region and reached Bolgar in about AD 660……………..

Visit: https://hague6185.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/so-who-where-the-bolgars

 


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