Who are the Garífunas?
At first the Garifuna allied with the French against the British Crown, but in 1796 and after a serious defeat of France they surrendered and were left under the scepter of the English, who initiated a persecution and hunt for Garífunas to prevent others Slaves could follow their example. Nearly 4,300 survivors were taken to Belize where a large part died of yellow fever and many others were deported to the island of Roatan, being "rescued" by the Spaniards and taken to Trujillo to work as lumberjacks.
Once the countries of Central America achieved independence, the Garifuna were still in alliance with the Spaniards, being forced to flee Honduras due to the bitter memory left by the Crown of Castile. The massive migration of Garífunas to Belize is celebrated every year on November 19.
Happy Graifuna Peoples in Belize