Guinea Grass

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For the grass "Guinea grass" see Panicum maximum
Guinea Grass
Guinea Grass is located in Belize
Guinea Grass
Guinea Grass
Coordinates: 17°58′5″N 88°35′44″W / 17.96806°N 88.59556°W / 17.96806; -88.59556
Country  Belize
District Orange Walk District
guinea grass by creols,mestizos,english year 1763
Population (3,500)
 • Total 3,500(est.)
 • Density 2/km2 (3.5/sq mi)
Time zone Central (UTC-6)

Guinea Grass is a village in the Orange Walk District of the nation of Belize. It is 38 metres (127 feet) above sea level. According to the 2000 census, Guinea Grass Town had a population of 2,510 people; the 2010 census gave the population as 3,500. The village has a community of Mennonites, Mestizo, Creoles, and East Indians (Hindu and Arabs). There are a number of Taiwanese and other Central American immigrants living near or immediately in the settlement.

Origin of Name[edit]

There are two stories which explain the origin of the village's name. The first is that East Indians settled in the area and began to plant and cultivate bananas. The locals knew banana in Spanish as "Guineo" and from there it morphed into "Guineal" and then because "Guinea Grass". The other version is that there was an Englishman by the name of "Chichiri Price" that lived in a farm on the northern outskirts of the village. He was an agent for the Belize Estate Company; raising livestock. In order to feed the livestock he had grass imported. The grass that he imported was Guinea Grass,(Megathyrsus maximus). The locals then began to call the community Guinea Grass after the imported grass.

Climate[edit]

Guinea Grass has a tropical monsoon climate (Köppen: Am).

Climate data for Guinea Grass
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) 22.5
(72.5)
23.8
(74.8)
24.8
(76.6)
26.5
(79.7)
27.3
(81.1)
27.1
(80.8)
26.4
(79.5)
26.4
(79.5)
26.6
(79.9)
25.8
(78.4)
23.6
(74.5)
23.2
(73.8)
25.3
(77.5)
Precipitation mm (inches) 97
(3.82)
49
(1.93)
47
(1.85)
40
(1.57)
104
(4.09)
228
(8.98)
175
(6.89)
168
(6.61)
263
(10.35)
220
(8.66)
135
(5.31)
90
(3.54)
1,616
(63.6)
Source: Climate-Data.org[1]

Language[edit]

The village is predominantly a Mestizo community and the preferred language of communication is Spanish. English is taught at the primary school and Creole is spoken by some. German is spoken by the neighbouring Mennonite community.


Coordinates: 17°58′5″N 88°35′44″W / 17.96806°N 88.59556°W / 17.96806; -88.59556

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Climate: Guinea Grass". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 12 April 2014.