Belize

Belize is a central American neighbor of Guatemala and Mexico. As a former British colony, it is one of the few Latin American countries in which English is the official language. Contributors typically seek answers about the country's ancient Maya ruins; English and Scottish buccaneer past; extensive cave system; jungle and wildlife reserve ecotourism; and tourist attractions of safe fishing and water sports.

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Hurricanes Typhoons and Cyclones
Belize
Tsunamis

Does Belize have hurricanes tsunami and floods?

Belize is too close to the equator to be at a significant risk for hurricanes. The majority of the country is at fairly low elevations and is in a geologically active area, so the probability of tsunami is fairly high in coastal regions, and the low inland elevations and high rainfall make inland flooding likely.

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Local Laws
Belize

Is a stun gun legal in Belize?

Unfortunately you must be a licensed / commisioned law enforcement or security office to legally have a stun gun in Belize

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Surfing

Is there surfing in Belize?

No the giant barrier reef breaks the waves

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Guatemala

Did Belize belong to Guatemala at some point?

part of the British EmpireIn the early 19th century, the British sought greater control over the settlers, threatening to suspend the Public Meeting unless it observed the government's instructions to abolish slavery. Slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1838, but this did little to change working conditions for labourers in the Belize settlement. Slaves of the colony were valued for their potentially superior abilities in the work of mahogany extraction. As a result, former slave owners in British Honduras earned £53.6.9 on average per slave, the highest amount paid in any British territory.[11]

Soon after, a series of institutions were put in place to ensure the continued presence of a viable labour force. Some of these included greatly restricting the ability of individuals to obtain land, a debt-peonage system to organise the newly "free." The position of being "extra special" mahogany and logwood cutters undergirded the early ascriptions of the capacities (and consequently limitations) of people of African descent in the colony. Because a small elite controlled the settlement's land and commerce, former slaves had no choice but to continue to work in timber cutting.[11]

In 1836, after the emancipation of Central America from Spanish rule, the British claimed the right to administer the region. In 1862, Great Britain formally declared it a British Crown Colony, subordinate to Jamaica, and named it British Honduras.[12] As a colony, Belize began to attract British investors. Among the British firms that dominated the colony in the late 19th century was the Belize Estate and Produce Company, which eventually acquired half of all the privately held land in the colony. Belize Estate's influence accounts in part for the colony's reliance on the mahogany trade throughout the rest of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.The Great Depression of the 1930s caused a near-collapse of the colonial economy as British demand for timber plummeted. The effects of widespread unemployment were worsened by a devastating hurricane that struck the colony in 1931. Perceptions of the government's relief effort as inadequate were aggravated by its refusal to legalize labour unions or introduce a minimum wage. Demonstrations and riots in 1934 marked the beginning of an independence movement. In response, the government repealed criminal penalties for workers who violated the terms of their labour contracts regarding unions and granted workers the right to join unions.

Economic conditions improved during World War II (1939-1945) when many Belizean men entered the armed forces or otherwise contributed labour to the war effort. Following the war, the colony's economy again stagnated. Britain's decision to devalue the British Honduras dollar in 1949 worsened economic conditions and led to the creation of the People's Committee, which demanded independence. The People's Committee's successor, the People's United Party (PUP), sought constitutional reforms that would expand voting rights to all adults.

IndependenceConstitutional reforms were initiated in 1954 and resulted in a new constitution ten years later. Britain granted British Honduras self-government in 1964, and the head of the PUP-independence leader George Price-became the colony's prime minister. British Honduras was officially renamed Belize in 1973. Progress toward independence, however, was hampered by a Guatemalan claim to sovereignty over the territory of Belize. When Belize finally attained full independence on 21 September 1981, Guatemala refused to recognise the new nation. About 1,500 British troops remained to protect Belize from the Guatemalan threat.

With Price at the helm, the PUP won all elections until 1984. In that election, the first national election after independence, the PUP was defeated by the United Democratic Party (UDP), and UDP leader Manuel Esquivel replaced Price as prime minister. Price returned to power after elections in 1989. Guatemala's president formally recognised Belize's independence in 1992. The following year the United Kingdom announced that it would end its military involvement in Belize. British soldiers were withdrawn in 1994, but the United Kingdom left behind a military training unit to assist with the newly formed Belize Defence Force.

The UDP regained power in the 1993 national election, and Esquivel became prime minister for a second time. Soon afterwards Esquivel announced the suspension of a pact reached with Guatemala during Price's tenure, claiming Price had made too many concessions in order to gain Guatemalan recognition. The pact may have curtailed the 130-year-old border dispute between the two countries. Border tensions continued into the early 2000s, although the two countries cooperated in other areas.

The PUP won a landslide victory in the 1998 national elections, and PUP leader Said Musa was sworn in as prime minister. In the 2003 elections the PUP maintained its majority, and Musa continued as prime minister. He pledged to improve conditions in the underdeveloped and largely inaccessible southern part of Belize.

In 2005, Belize was the site of unrest caused by discontent with the People's United Party government, including tax increases in the national budget. On February 8, 2008, Dean Barrow was sworn in as prime minister after his UDP won a landslide victory in general elections.

Throughout Belize's history, Guatemala has claimed ownership of all or part of the territory. This claim is occasionally reflected in maps showing Belize as Guatemala's twenty-thirddepartment. As of March 2007, the border dispute with Guatemala remains unresolved and quite contentious.[13][14] Guatemala's claim to Belizean territory rests, in part, on the terms Clause VII of the Anglo-Guatemalan Treaty of 1859 which (supposedly) obligated the British to build a road between Belize City and Guatemala. At various times the issue has required mediation by the United Kingdom, Caribbean Community heads of Government, the Organization of American States, Mexico, and the United States. Since independence, a British garrison has been retained in Belize at the request of the Belizean government. Notably, both Guatemala and Belize are participating in confidence-building measures approved by the OAS, including the Guatemala-Belize Language Exchange Project.[1

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Mexico

Is there a ferry between Florida and Mexico or Belize?

No, there is not a ferry. Many cruise ships leave from Florida and make stops in Mexico and other Central American countries.

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Translations
Belize

How do i say i love you in Belize?

much love

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Languages and Cultures

What languages are spoken in Belize?

Belize was once a British colony hence English is the official language. Although almost everyone can speak English, the majority choose to speak mostly Kriol, which is an English-based creole language closely related to Jamaican Patois. The other most common language spoken as a first or second tongue by a significant majority is Spanish, followed by Garifuna.
English is the main language of Belize because it is a former British colony.
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Countries, States, and Cities
Belize

What is the capital of Belize?

The capital of Belize is Belmopan. To read all about Belize on Answers.com, see the Related Link.

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Which Caribbean country is about half the size of Belize?

jamica

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Shopping
Clothing
Belize

Is there malls in Belize?

No they are none not the generic type in the u.s or Mexico atleast. That is not to say there are no attempts at malls but they are very small compared to the typical size of a u.s mall.

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Pakistan
Urdu

General knowledge of Pakistan in urdu?

ROAD'

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Length and Distance
Sea Miles

How many nautical miles from cape coral Florida to Belize?

745 miles = 647.387 nautical miles

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Road Distance
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Mexico

What is the driving distance between chetumal Mexico and corozal Belize?

Chetumal is on the Mexico/Belize boarder. Depending on your time going threw customs, it shouldn't be more then a 20 minutes of driving.

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Business & Finance
Cars & Vehicles
Belize

What technology is used in Belize?

Belize has the same kinds of technology found elsewhere in the world, like computers, televisions, cars, and steel construction (in cities).

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Illegal Drugs
Belize
Marijuana

Is it legal to smoke marijuana in Belize?

no it isn't but the cops are chill

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World War 1
Belize
United Nations

When did Belize join the United Nations?

in 1981

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Travel & Places
Distances and Travel Times
Nevada
Belize

Can a truck be rented in Nevada and driven to Belize City Belize CA?

yes, if the firm you rent from is international and has an office--

check out who has rentals in Belize-

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What type of natural resources do Belize have?

Belize is a country on the northeastern coast of Central America and is the only Central American country where English is an official language. It is bordered on the west and south by Guatemala and on the north by Mexico. To Belize's east is the Caribbean Sea.

Belize's contains many natural minerals including, dolomite, barite, bauxite, cassiterite, and gold. However, none of them have been discovered in suitable enough quantities to be economically viable. Belize's greatest natural resources have been its forests, islands and the Belize Barrier Reef, all of which have become staples of tourism for the small nation.

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Man Vs Wild

What kind of watch does Bear Grylls wear in Belize episode?

He wears a yellow Breitling Emergency watch, with radio-transmitter to the planes, or a Bremont watch.

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Importing and Exporting
The Moon

What is the most famous export from Belize?

Belize is known throughout the world for its Mahogany wood cultivation. Timber is Belize's second leading industry.

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Australia
Marine

Where is Belize located?

It is located in Central America.

It is bordered by Mexico at the North and Guatemala at the West as well as the South.

It is mostly known the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest reef in the world.

Hope I helped! :P
Belize is located in Central America.

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Flags

What are the national colors of Belize?

The National colors of Belize are blue and red. Her is the flag:

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Jamaica
West Indies

Is Belize the largest island in the West Indies?

Belize is not an Island nor part of the West Indies. Belize is a country in Central America that speaks both English and Spanish. However, Belize has close ties to both Latin America and the islands of the West Indies. The English that Belizeans speak sounds similar to that of West Indians. (Belize Kriol)

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Travel & Places
Belize

What are the major landmarks in Belize?

I only know two, the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve and Xunantunich.

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History of India

Who is the first governor general of Belize?

Minita Gordon Ans By

Shekhar Patil.

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