From a World Wildlife Fund assignment.
The Garifuna people are descendants of West Africans who washed ashore in the Caribbean around 1635 on their way to enslavement on the plantations and in mines in the New World. Instead, they escaped slavery and established their own communities in Central America. Currently, there are approximately 300,000 Garifuna people, many of them living in the U.S. or Canada. The rest live in little villages around the coast of Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Often they live in extremely poor conditions, supporting themselves for many generations as fishermen. Some Caribbean Garifuna people have started to generate additional income from eco-tourism, especially in touristic places such as Mayos Cochinos in Honduras. There, the community of East End has begun to provide limited accommodation and traditional cuisine, in accordance with the government authorities seeking a more sustainable eco-tourism industry. East End boasts a new water system that brings clean water directly to houses and guest accommodations.