Belize is a small country in Central America bounded by Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean Sea. Belize was known as British Honduras during the period from 1862 to 1974 – after the Spanish domination of Central America, Great Britain declared the region a crown colony named British Honduras. The early history of the region dates back to 1500 BC when the Maya civilization flourished. During the latter stages of this era (AD 800 thru AD 1000), it is estimated that the population of the area stood at around 400,000 interestingly comparable to the current population of the country of Belize. Belize has a total land area of just under 9,000 square miles and a population of around 325,000 making it a scarcely populated country at less than 40 per square mile. The country has several ethnic groups due to the combination of early Mayan presence, colonization by Spain and Great Britain, slavery, and immigration – Mestizos (35%), Kriols (25%), Spanish (15%), Mayan (10%), Garinagu (5%) and a few others. English is the official language making it the only country in Central America to have that, although Spanish is equally popular. It is a developing economy dominated by agriculture and tourism.(Wikipedia)

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