Dangriga was settled before 1832 by Garinagu (Black Caribs, as they were known to the British) from Honduras. For years it was the second largest population centre in the country behind Belize City, but in recent years has been surpassed by Orange Walk Town. Since the early 1980s Garífuna culture has undergone a revival, as part of which the town's name of Dangriga, a Garífuna word meaning "standing waters", became more widely used (but was initially adopted around 1975). Dangriga is also known as the culture Capital of Belize where the sound of the Garifuna drum is used as a powerful instrument to unite the. It is a popular town for making of traditional Garifuna drums and cassava baking.