belize-mapWhere in the world is Belize?

 

The Central American nation of Belize is set on the Caribbean coastline. We are neighbors to Mexico and Guatemala. A coral reef extends beyond the 175 miles of the Belizean coast – the longest reef in the Western Hemisphere.

 

The land is blanketed with a lush rainforest cover, outlined by mountains while uniquely marked with Mayan temples.

 

Belize History

 

Belize was once a colony known as British Honduras, declaring its independence from Great Britain on September 21, 1981. The government is modeled after the Westminster system; Belize’s executive branch includes the Governor General, Prime Minister and Cabinet. The Governor General appoints the Prime Minister, who leads the Ruling Party and the Cabinet.

 

The Cultures

 

Holding an estimated 310,000 people in population, Belize is diverse in culture, language and ethnic groups. The nation’s people groups include Mestizo (largest population – descendants of Mexicans and Yucatec Mayans), Creole (second largest in population) Garifuna, Spanish, Maya, English, Mennonite, Lebanese, Chinese and East Indian. Amerindians groups include the Yucatec, Mopan and Kekchi. The official Language of Belize is English.

 

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