Belize is formerly set as British Honduras and is a minor territorial division of round about 280,00 citizens. It is the with the sole purpose English speaking territorial division in Central America and is a legislative autocracy and general assembly democracy that recognizes Queen Elizabeth II as independent. Belize, as near opposite Central American countries (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador) and southeasterly Mexico, was in the beginning effected by the ancient Maya. There are over and done with two-dozen documented ancient Mayan lingual groups in this area, cardinal of which now inhabit in Belize. The Maya presently trade name up nearly 10% of the people of Belize and consist of the Yucatec in the northern close to the Yucatan border, the Q'eqchi in the south, implicit Punta Gorda, and the Mopan, in occidental Belize nigh the borderline town of Benque Viejo del Carmen.

THE MAYA OF BELIZE AND EARLIER

Paleoindian is the earliest incident interval transcribed in Belize in that way far (Ca. 11,500 - 8000 BC) this is followed by the Archaic (Ca. 8000 - 900 BC) and the sketchy past Maya Chronology that follows these preceramic periods include:

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* Preclassic - 900 BC to AD 250 (often cited as earliest 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 in Belize that be a sign of these example periods, notably: Cerros, Colha, Cuello, Caracol, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Lamanai, Altun Ha, Lubaantun, El Pilar, Santa Rita, and deified caves that encompass Barton Creek, Actun Tunichil Muknal, and Che Chem Ha. The job precedent of the Maya in south Mexico and Central America is unrelenting mega since present here are terminated 5 million Maya descendants and Belize is sure as shooting a component part of this.

BELIZE HISTORIC PERIOD

Early 16th period of time documents tell that in AD 1544 the Maya municipal of Lamanai, in yankee Belize, was to be chunk of the Spanish encomienda grouping (royal forfeit to a Spaniard for the rightly to work and award a autochthonous population, they are too trusty for christianizing the natives). Although nearby without doubt are primeval reports of Spanish interaction in new areas of the New World, the well-known mention of Lamanai and the creating from raw materials of a Spanish minster at Lamanai about AD 1570 sell carefully unstylish European appeasement wiles in Belize.

The Maya society these prototypical Europeans encountered were a drastically assorted people that had undergone plentiful transformations since the tallness of the "Classic Period". Contact in Belize near Europeans was damaging to the active Maya through with disease, slavery, and active. During the 18th century through with work concessions specified to Britain by Spain the moderne boundaries of Belize were created. Spain claimed self-rule but did not bench the estate. The British settlers at this instance were mainly ex-pirates who were no long supported by their governments who were now attempting to item out buccaneering. These settlers named for British defend and cover from the attacks by the Spanish and outstanding Maya populations. The supreme popular of the British weaponed forces collusion was the Battle of St. George's Caye in 1798; it was the fighting that manifest the end of the Spanish claims to the domain.

MORE RECENT BELIZE HISTORY

It took some two 100 age after Spanish communication for Belize to gain eccentricity from Spain, it was in 1871 that Belize was properly professed a British Crown Colony. After this occurrence both the population and cutback grew significantly, the reduction first and foremost central on all sides flora products of Mahogany, chicle, and wood. The people increases built-in groups of African, Garifuna, mestizo (a mix of Spanish and Maya descent), and Maya refugees fleeing the Caste War in Mexico. During the 19th and proto ordinal centuries a digit of Indian and Chinese apprenticed laborers arrived after the ending of slavery, and Palestinian, Lebanese, and Syrian Arabs besides began arriving, fleeing the political sturm und drang in the Middle East. It was in the 1950's that Belize stiff-backed a inimitable compromise with Mennonites from Mexico; this protectorate provides Mennonites beside sovereignty related to what Native Americans in the United States were acknowledged.

It was besides in 1950 that George Price led the solicit votes for Belizean Independence. As next to other than British colonies self-rule was achieved in 1964. Due to Guatemala's uninterrupted danger to overtake Belize once the British force out, Belize's truthful sovereignty did not proceeds position until September 21, 1981. Since Belize needful cushion and had no armed service forces a awash case British ground forces remained in Belize until 1994.

Belize is a mesmeric province and immigrations through with the old age have created a matchless multi-cultural pally social group.

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