Mopan people

ethnic group

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

Total population
approx. 9,800
Regions with significant populations
 Guatemala, El Petén2,891[2]
Mopan, English, Kriol, Spanish
Catholic, Evangelicalist, Maya religion

The British forced the Mopan out of British Honduras and into Guatemala. The Mopan in Guatemala were made into slaves. In the 19th century, many Guatemalan Mopan came back into British Honduras.[3]

In the 2000 Census, 6,093 Belizeans said Mopan was their first language. This was 3% the population.[4]


  1. Census 2000
  2. "XI Censo Nacional de Población y VI de Habitación (Censo 2002) - Pertenencia de grupo étnico". Instituto Nacional de Estadística. 2002. Archived from the original on 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  3. Cho, Julian (1998). Maya Homeland Archived 2011-09-03 at the Wayback Machine. University of California Berkeley Geography Department and the Toledo Maya of Southern Belize. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  4. "Belize 2000 Housing and Population Census". Belize Central Statistical Office. 2000. Archived from the original on 2017-07-12. Retrieved 2008-09-09.