Belize is a Central American country with over 230 miles of coastline, bordered to the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language (Creole and Spanish are also spoken), giving it a substantial competitive advantage in today’s investment world. Formerly a British Colony, the country was known as British Honduras until 1973 when the name Belize was adopted. Belize gained complete independence from Britain in 1981 and is now a full member of the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and World Bank, among others.
Belize was at one time heavily populated by the Maya Indians, with archaeologists estimating that approximately 1-2 million Mayans lived in the country. This Mayan influence is seen heavily in modern day Belize, particularly in the names of some of its most prominent geographical features and locales.
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