Mopan people

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Total population
approx. 13,000
Regions with significant populations
 Belize 10,557[1]
 Guatemala, El Petén 2,891[2]
Mopan, English, Kriol, Spanish
Catholic, Evangelicalist, Maya religion

The Mopan are one of the Maya peoples in Belize and Guatemala. Their indigenous language is also called Mopan and is one of the Yucatec Maya languages.

The British forced the Mopan out of Belize into Guatemala. The Mopan in Guatemala meanwhile endured slavery. In the 19th century, many Guatemalan Mopan fled back into Belize.[3]

In the 2010 Census, 10,557 Belizeans reported their ethnicity as Mopan Maya. This constituted approximately 3% of the population.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Census 2010 Provisional Population and Households, by Sex and Major Geographic Divisions". Statistical Institute of Belize. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "XI Censo Nacional de Población y VI de Habitación (Censo 2002) - Pertenencia de grupo étnico". Instituto Nacional de Estadística. 2002. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  3. ^ Cho, Julian (1998). Maya Homeland. University of California Berkeley Geography Department and the Toledo Maya of Southern Belize. Retrieved 20 April 2012.