Archaeological finds in Belize attest to the presence of man there at least from 9000 BC Excavations have shown village communities along the coast with a maritime adaptation of about 4200. Between about 3300 and 2500 there was a population along the rivers, possibly already by agriculture. During the classical period (250–900 AD), the area was part of the flourishing Mayan culture.

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The Spaniards arrived in Belize in the early 16th century. In the 17th century, English pirates and adventurers came to the area, thus initiating a first real colonization. With the help of slaves from Jamaica, the English colonizers began an extensive logging. They first brought out blue wood for dyeing textiles, later most mahogany. The 18th century was marked by conflicts between British and Spaniards over the supremacy of Belize. At the end of the 18th century, the borders were set in favor of the British, and in 1862 Belize became a British crown colony under the name of British Honduras. To see more information other than history, please visit Abbreviationfinder to learn more about climate, population, government, and economy for the country of Belize. Guatemala, which became independent from Spain in 1821, took over the Spanish claims in the area.

The country gained internal autonomy in 1964 and changed its name to Belize in 1973. Guatemala has continued to claim this area and has also threatened invasion. Belize became an independent state in the British Commonwealth in 1981, but it was not until 1991 that the Guatemalan government recognized Belize’s independence. In recent years, Britain’s economic influence in Belize has diminished in favor of the United States.

History of Belize
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