All About Belize

By Kelly

Background Information

Capital: Belmopan

Major Cities: Belize City, San Ignacio, Orange Walk, Corozal

History: Belize was once controlled by the United Kingdom. After England agreed to free them, they began a process to free them and Belize gained independence on September 21, 1981. They are no longer controlled by another country, but are a part of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth acknowledges the British monarch as their leader.

Official Language: English

The Flag: The flag was adopted September 21, 1981. The red, white, and blue stands for the unity of the nation. The coat of arms refers back to the British settlement in Belize that was created from their logging industry. "Sub Umbra Floreo" is their motto and means "I Flourish in the Shade."

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Political Information

Type of Government: Parliamentary democracy

Leaders: Head of State - Queen Elizabeth II, Head of Government - Prime Minister Dean Barrow

Economic Information

Currency: Belizean Dollar (BZD)

Economic System: Capitalism

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Geographical Information

Where is it? Belize is located in Central America. It borders the Caribbean Sea and is in between Mexico and Guatemala.

Physical Features: The land is flat with swampy coastal plains and low mountains in the south.

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Tourism

Why should people visit? There are many attractions such as the Mayan Ruins, the Great Blue Hole, and the Great Barrier Reef.


What should tourists see and do? They can go snorkeling and/or diving at the world's Great Barrier Reef, explore the Mayan Ruins, and go sightseeing.

Interesting Facts

  1. It is the first country in the world to have a jaguar nature preserve.
  2. Their Great Barrier Reef is the 2nd largest in the world.
  3. It is the only country in Central America where English is its official language.

Citations

Websites

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"National Symbols of Belize, Belize National Symbols." National Symbols of Belize, Belize National Symbols. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2016. <http://www.belmopancityonline.com/belize-national-symbols.aspx>.

"Central America and Caribbean :: Belize." Central Intelligence Agency. Central Intelligence Agency, 25 Feb. 2016. Web. 22 Mar. 2016. <https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bh.html>.

"Belize Travel and Country Guide - Belize.com." N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2016. <http://belize.com/>

"Subscriber Area Only." CultureGrams Online Database: Subscriber Area Only. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2016. <http://online.culturegrams.com/world/world_country.php?cid=19>.

"Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary." Belize Audubon Society. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2016. <http://www.belizeaudubon.org/?page_id=3605>.

"Belize Barrier Reef." Belize Barrier Reef. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2016. <http://www.chaacreek.com/belize-barrier-reef>.

"Great Blue Hole." Atlas Obscura. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2016. <http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/great-blue-hole>.

"The Top Ten Maya Sites In Belize - Descriptions and How To Get There." N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2016. <http://www.belize.com/top-ten-maya-sites-in-belize>.

"Short History of Belize." Short History of Belize. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2016. <http://www.chaacreek.com/short-history-belize>.


Photos

"Belize Map - Political Map of Belize." Political Map of Belize. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2016. <http://www.ezilon.com/maps/north-america/belize-maps.html>.

"Belize Barrier Reef." Belize Barrier Reef. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2016. <http://www.chaacreek.com/belize-barrier-reef>.

"Belize Facts." On Largest Cities, Populations, Symbols. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2016. <http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/camerica/belize/bzfacts.htm>.

"Things to Do in Puerto Morelos Mexico." Things to Do in Puerto Morelos Mexico. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2016. <http://villamateo.com/things-do/>.

"Belize Flag Pictures." Belize Flag Pictures. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2016. <http://www.flagpictures.org/belize.htm>.

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"Tag Archives: Travel." Los Caracoles BnB Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2016. <http://www.loscaracolesbnb.com/blog/tag/travel/>.