Story of Belize
Kelsey Gillenwater, P-2
Starting out, Belize was a Mayan civilization. The Mayan spread into Belize between 1500BC to 1200BC. Many sites (for example, Lubaantun) show that they were there. In 1638, a recorded shipwreck from seamen was found. More English came, settling into Belize. Belize original name actually wasn't Belize (to the English), it was the Colony of British Honduras. It was named officially this in 1840. The name finally changed to Belize in June, 1973. Full independence was granted on Sep. 21, 1981.