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Introduction:

Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.D. The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1862. Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992 and the two countries are involved in an ongoing border dispute.

Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. Current concerns include the country's heavy foreign debt burden, high unemployment, growing involvement in the Mexican and South American drug trade, high crime rates, and one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in Central America.

 

Belize Flag
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Belize Emblem
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Quick Facts

Population:
385,854 (July 2018 est.)

Map Reference:
Central America and the Caribbean
Area:
total= 22,966 sq km

Government:
Parliamentary Democracy and a Commonwealth Realm
Capital:
Belmopan

Internet Code:
.bz

Airports:
47 (2013)

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Belize Locater
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Belize Map
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Source: CIA The World Factbook

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