Maria-Elena Velasquez graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2009 with a degree in history. She was born and raised in the Central Area of Seattle, Washington and is of Belizean and African-American parentage. Maria-Elena would ultimately like to pursue a career in law and is dedicated to increasing awareness about Latin American and Caribbean identity, particularly in the country of Belize.
In comparison to many countries that have ancient histories spanning over thousands of years, Belize (a small country right below Mexico‘s Yucatan Peninsula) is a relatively young nation whose history spans only about 370 years. The indigenous Mayan population, however, has resided in Central America … Read MoreThe History of Belize