Springfield, Belize

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Springfield
Springfield is located in Belize
Springfield
Springfield
Map of Corozal metropolitan area
Coordinates: 17°08′37″N 88°48′24″W / 17.14361°N 88.80667°W / 17.14361; -88.80667Coordinates: 17°08′37″N 88°48′24″W / 17.14361°N 88.80667°W / 17.14361; -88.80667
Country  Belize
District Cayo District
Population (2010)
 • Total 270[1]
Time zone UTC-6 (Central)
Climate Am


Springfield is a Mennonite village in Cayo District, Belize, some 15 km south of the capital Belmopan.

History[edit]

Springfield was founded around 1996 as a daughter colony of the Upper Barton Creek settlement of very conservative Mennonites, who settled in Mexico, the US and Canada before they came to Belize. These Mennonites, that belong to the Noah Hoover branch of Old Order Mennonites, are in many aspects similar to Old Order Amish, but clearly distinct from them. Norris Hall, a photojournalist who in 2011 made a photo documentary about the people of Springfield, erroneously refers to them as "Amish".[2]

Sights[edit]

In Springfield there is a fruit tree nursery and a horse powered saw mill.[3][4]

Demographics[edit]

The village population of 270 residents is composed of 40 families of Plautdietsch and Pennsylvania German speaking Mennonites. They have large families, in average 6.8 persons per household.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population Data – Census 2010". Statistical Institute of Belize. Archived from the original on 4 March 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  2. ^ 7newsbelize.com: Springfield - A Rare Look At A Place Lost In Time [1]
  3. ^ YouTube: Springfield, Belize
  4. ^ YouTube: Horse powered saw mill, Belize