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Belize

Belize is a country located on the north eastern coast of Central America. Belize has a diverse society, comprising many cultures and languages. Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language. Kriol and Spanish are more commonly spoken.

 

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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 1854.

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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. Guatemala and Belize plan to hold a simultaneous referendum to determine if this dispute will go before the International Court of Justice at The Hague, though they have not yet set a date.

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Belize's barrier reef is probably the country's greatest national asset. It acts as a natural barrier to protect the coastline, is a breeding ground for lobster, conch and fish, and attracts tourists drawn to the unique snorkeling and diving opportunities it offers.

Article:   Belize: A Guide to the Pe…
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British and U.S. anti-drug efforts in the Caribbean in the 1960s and 1970s concentrated on forcing farmers out of marijuana production. Belize had been a major marijuana producer and the presence of British troops in the country assisted the anti-narcotics campaign. The continuous spraying of suspected marijuana-growing areas had the desired effect of driving farmers out of marijuana production.

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Glover’s Reef, about 28 miles from the coast of Belize, is one of the only true atolls in the Atlantic Ocean. It is also the site of Belize’s largest “no-take” marine reserve, a 17,500-acre zone where all types of fishing are prohibited. The no-take zone makes up about 20 percent of the wider 87,000-acre Marine Protected Area here.

Article: Protected Reef Offers Mod...
Source: The New York Times

Belize, formerly British Honduras, was settled by the British about 1638. Guatemala says it inherited soverignty over the territory from Spain, but Britain rejects the claims.

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Belize, formerly British Honduras, was settled by the British about 1638. Guatemala says it inherited soverignty over the territory from Spain, but Britain rejects the claims.

Article: British Rush Troops to Ti...
Source: Google News Archives

Belize elected Dean Barrow as its first black prime minister, final results showed on Friday, as the small Central American nation ended a decade of one-party rule marked by graft scandals and economic problems. Barrow's United Democratic Party, or UDP, took 25 of 31 constituencies against six for Prime Minister Said Musa, whose popularity slumped in recent years.

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Britain and Guatemala have decided to resume diplomatic relations, broken by Guatemala in 1963 in a dispute over neighboring Belize, the Foreign Office said today. The resumption of diplomatic ties, starting today, follows the renewal of consular relations in August. Both Governments will now name ambassadors, the Foreign Office said.

Article: Britain and Guatemala Ren...
Source: The New York Times

Belizean citizenship will be for sale under a plan proposed by Prime Minister Manuel Esquivel.

A person wanting citizenship in this former British colony in Central America could obtain it by buying a $25,000 Government bond, which would be worth only $12,500 to the buyer because the Government would keep half the money.

Officials said the proposal was aimed primarily at residents of Hong Kong interested in moving their businesses when, or before, that British Crown Colony is ceded back to China in 1997.

Article: Citizenship in Belize May...
Source: The New York Times
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