Belize is once acknowledged as British Honduras and is a modest administrative division of around 280,00 group. It is the solitary English speaking countryside in Central America and is a constitutional autocracy and general assembly political orientation that recognizes Queen Elizabeth II as independent. Belize, as with other Central American countries (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador) and south Mexico, was originally effected by the ancient Maya. There are over and done with two-dozen known ancient Mayan linguistic groups in this area, iii of which at present reside in Belize. The Maya at the moment cause up give or take a few 10% of the population of Belize and count the Yucatec in the north hot the Yucatan border, the Q'eqchi in the south, in close proximity Punta Gorda, and the Mopan, in western Belize nearest the boundary town of Benque Viejo del Carmen.

THE MAYA OF BELIZE AND EARLIER

Paleoindian is the earlier case term recorded in Belize thus far (Ca. 11,500 - 8000 BC) this is followed by the Archaic (Ca. 8000 - 900 BC) and the rough past Maya Chronology that follows these preceramic periods include:

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* Preclassic - 900 BC to AD 250 (often cited as previous as 1500 BC)

* Classic - AD 250 to 900

* Postclassic - AD 900 to 1500

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* Historic and Colonial - AD 1500 to Present

Numerous sites and city-states existed for the period of Belize that be these instance periods, notably: Cerros, Colha, Cuello, Caracol, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Lamanai, Altun Ha, Lubaantun, El Pilar, Santa Rita, and inviolate caves that include Barton Creek, Actun Tunichil Muknal, and Che Chem Ha. The career past times of the Maya in southeasterly Mexico and Central America is perpetual specially since today near are done 5 a million Maya posterity and Belize is unquestionably a helping of this.

BELIZE HISTORIC PERIOD

Early 16th period library stand for that in AD 1544 the Maya borough of Lamanai, in federal Belize, was to be portion of the Spanish encomienda group (royal economic aid to a Spaniard for the fitting to work and approval a autochthonic population, they are as well chargeable for christianizing the natives). Although near incontestably are first reports of Spanish communication in another areas of the New World, the predictable mention of Lamanai and the construction of a Spanish faith at Lamanai about AD 1570 give safe and sound unfashionable European protectorate urging in Belize.

The Maya social group these first Europeans encountered were a very not like population that had undergone many transformations since the tallness of the "Classic Period". Contact in Belize beside Europeans was unfavourable to the existing Maya done disease, slavery, and combat-ready. During the 18th period of time through with work concessions fixed to Britain by Spain the present-day boundaries of Belize were created. Spain claimed self-government but did not seal the land. The British settlers at this circumstance were in the main ex-pirates who were no longest founded by their governments who were now attempting to item out robbery. These settlers called for British approve and protection from the attacks by the Spanish and lasting Maya populations. The peak illustrious of the British light-armed forces participation was the Battle of St. George's Caye in 1798; it was the conflict that distinct the end of the Spanish claims to the dominion.

MORE RECENT BELIZE HISTORY

It took whichever two hundred age after Spanish experience for Belize to addition self-rule from Spain, it was in 1871 that Belize was properly asserted a British Crown Colony. After this clip some the population and economic system grew significantly, the economy principally centered on all sides wood products of Mahogany, chicle, and wood. The population increases included groups of African, Garifuna, mestizo (a mix of Spanish and Maya travel), and Maya refugees fleeing the Caste War in Mexico. During the 19th and primordial ordinal centuries a number of Indian and Chinese unfree laborers arrived after the abolition of slavery, and Palestinian, Lebanese, and Syrian Arabs likewise began arriving, fleeing the diplomatic alarm in the Middle East. It was in the 1950's that Belize hardbacked a creative protectorate with Mennonites from Mexico; this dependency provides Mennonites near self-determination parallel to what Native Americans in the United States were acknowledged.

It was likewise in 1950 that George Price led the solicit votes for Belizean Independence. As beside new British colonies self-determination was achieved in 1964. Due to Guatemala's prolonged hazard to catch Belize sometime the British force out, Belize's literal independency did not run situate until September 21, 1981. Since Belize required sanctuary and had no service forces a filled example British army remained in Belize until 1994.

Belize is a riveting bucolic and immigrations through the eld have created a unequaled multi-cultural friendly social group.

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