Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

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Jehovah’s Witnesses in Belize

  • David G. Stewart
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_439-1

Statistics

2016 Jehovah’s Witness average publishers, 2555; Congregations, 62; Baptisms, 91; Memorial attendance, 8734; Preaching hours, 731,615

History and Culture

Belize, a small country in Central America formerly known as British Honduras with a population of approximately 366,000 in 2016, was settled by the Mayan civilization at least 3500 years ago and may have been inhabited by as many as a million people in the Late Classical Era of Mayan civilization between 600 and 1000 AD. In the 1500s, the area was explored by Spanish conquistadors and declared a colony of Spain, although the area was not settled by the Spanish. English and Scottish privateers called Baymen settled on the coast in 1638 and established a colony. The British superintendent was appointed in 1786. Slavery was abolished across the British Empire in 1833. The region was declared a British Crown colony in 1836. The Belize Estate and Produce Company acquired the majority of private land, and mahogany was a major...

Keywords

Jehovah’s Witnesses Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society Belize History Religious movements 
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References

  1. Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania (1993) Jehovah’s Witnesses – proclaimers of God’s kingdom. Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, New York, 750 pGoogle Scholar
  2. Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania (2010). 2010 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, New York, pp 200–255Google Scholar
  3. Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania (2017) 2016 Service year report of Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide, 2017 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, New York, pp 178–186Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Children’s Bone and Spine SurgeryLas VegasUSA