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Total population

approx. 9,800

Regions with significant populations
 Belize 6,909[1]
 Guatemala, El Petén 2,891[2]
Mopan, English, Kriol, Spanish
Catholic, Evangelicalist, Maya religion

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.

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. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  3. Cho, Julian (1998). Maya Homeland. 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. Retrieved 2008-09-09.