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  1. 1. Belize David Núñez López 2014
  2. 2. Belize It is a country on the northeastern coast of Central America. It is the only country in the area that has English as the official language, though an English creole (Kriol) and Spanish are more commonly spoken. Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala, and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. The capital of Belize is Belmopan.
  3. 3. Belize Population: 324,060 Land area: 8,867 Languages: English (official), others: Kriol, Spanish ... Main cities: San Ignacio, Orange Walk, Belmopan ... Monetary unit: Belize dollar Neighbouring countries: Mexico to the north, south and west by Guatemala, and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
  4. 4. Belize Additional data: 2000 October devastation. - Hurricane Keith causes widespread 2005 April - Rioting breaks out in the capital during a wave of anti-government protests. 2006 April - Belize begins commercial exploitation of its oil reserves. 2011 September - Belize is added to US blacklist of countries considered to be major producers or transit routes for illegal drugs.
  5. 5. Belize Origins and history: The Maya civilization spread into the area of Belize between 1500 BCE and CE 200 and flourished until about CE 1200. Belize City was founded (originally as "Belize Town") in 1638 by British lumber harvesters. It had previously been a small Mayan city called Holzuz.
  6. 6. Belize Main cities: Southwater Caye Southwater Caye is a half mile long palm-fringed coral island sitting right on top of the Barrier Reef with excellent snorkelling and diving. A 40 minute boat ride from Dangriga, there are several accommodation options including a deluxe dive resort - The Blue Marlin Lodge - and several cottages and rooms to rent which are owned by the Pelican Beach Hotel. The Southwater Caye Marine Reserve has been designated a World Heritage Site.
  7. 7. Belize Main cities: The Turneffe Islands There was a flourishing natural sponge fishery at the turn of the century but disease and competition from synthetic sponges brought this to an end in the late 1930s. Offshore, at both the northern and southern end of the atoll, beautiful reefs and dramatic walls offer incredible diving with great visibility.
  8. 8. Belize Traditions: - Each March 9th is Baron Bliss Day which celebrates the contribution of a visitor who died while on vacation in Belize and donated a fortune to help improve local institutions such as schools and libraries. - May 1st is Labour Day, marked by political speeches, parades and rallies. -Another national holiday is St. George's Cay Day. - Each September 21st, Belizeans celebrate Independence Day
  9. 9. Belize Traditional food: The blending of traditions in Belize is also evident in the country's cuisine; there really is no national dish. Belizean cooking borrows from Britain, America, Mexico and the Caribbean. It is common to eat rice and beans with a meat dish such as chicken, pork or beef. Belizeans eat a lot of fish, fruit and vegetables. Coconuts and plantains are popular flavors there.
  10. 10. Belize Sport: Belize’s sports culture reflects the historical influences of Britain (football and, to a lesser extent, cricket) and the United States (basketball and softball). In 1986 Belize became a member of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Semiprofessional football teams from each of the country’s districts compete with each other, and a women’s league was started in the late 1990s..
  11. 11. Belize Interesting places to visit: Belize Zoo: Set in a natural forest, 31 miles from Belize City, the Belize Zoo is one of the finest zoos in the Americas. Many of the animals in Belize Zoo are wild animals that were kept as pets by individual collectors and the zoo tries to recondition such animals for a return to the wild.
  12. 12. Belize Reference: ● ● ● ● ● ons-in-belize/ ● e/129444/Sports-and-recreation ● ●