Unknown facts about Belize

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Belize is a small country situated on the north-eastern coast of Central America. It is generally considered a Caribbean country and is a member of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). The total area of the nation is only slightly larger than Massachusetts of USA. Belize is flanked by Mexico in the north and Guatemala in the west as well the south.

The country is known for its exquisite and pure natural beauty which includes some of the unique natural phenomena in the world. It is quite rightly called ‘œMother Nature’s best kept secret’. It is also a haven of bio-diversity with abundance of marine and terrestrial species. With regard to culture and society, Belize presents a scenario as diverse as its natural resources. It was part of the British Empire during the 19th and the 20th centuries. Travellers from all over the globe are recently being attracted to its beauty.

Here are some of the interesting facts about Belize that will grab your attention:

Belize was a site of the ancient Mayan civilization. It is believed by archaeologists that Mayan culture spread to Belize at around 1500 B.C.E. The country still has around 900 recognized Mayan sites.

To the east of Belize under the Caribbean Sea, lies the second largest barrier-reef in the world. It is 300 kilometres long and part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System.

Belize’s reef has been accorded a World Heritage Site Status. It was also the first country to completely prohibit ‘œbottom trawling’ in 2010.

Belize is the only country in Central America which has English as its official language. The colloquial languages include Spanish and Creole as well.

The world has only one Jaguar reserve of the world and it is situated in Belize. The reserve is known as Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.

The current capital of Belize is Belmopan. The original capital was Belize City which was destroyed by Hurricane Hattie in 1961 and prompted the official shift of the capital to Belmopan to give the capital relative immunity from devastating storms.

The tallest building or construction in all of Belize is a Mayan temple.

Belize is known as the birthplace of chewing gums.

Punta Music is a special form of music which was said to have originated in Belize.

Demographically, Belize makes an interesting study. It has the lowest population density is Central America. But the population growth rate of the country is 1.97% per annum, the second highest in the region and one of the highest in all of western hemisphere.

Belize remains one of the last unspoilt destinations of the world. The beauty of nature in Belize is truly breath-taking as well as pure. But despite all the efforts of the state, it is getting increasingly difficult to maintain this purity because of the rising level of pollution. Much of this is the result of human activity. According to a report, around 40% of the coral reef has been damaged since 1998. But Belize still remains a wonder of nature as of today.

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