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Jim Rogers, 150 Countries, 150,000 Miles in three years – Belize City!

Copyright Jim Rogers, all rights reserved

Belize, formerly British Honduras, is a country in Central America. Once part of the Mayan, and very briefly the Spanish Empire, it was most recently affiliated with the British Empire, prior to gaining its independence in 1981. The country is bordered to the south and west by Guatemala, to the north by Mexico, and to the east by the Caribbean Sea.

Belize has a diverse society, composed of many cultures and speaking many languages. It is the only country in Central America where English is an official language, although Creole and Spanish are also widely spoken. With 8,867 square miles (22,960 km²) of territory and 320,000 people (2008 est.),[2] the population density is the lowest in the Central American region and one of the lowest in the world. The country’s population growth rate, 2.21% (2008 est.),[3] is the highest in the region and one of the highest in the western hemisphere. It remains a Commonwealth realm. Culturally, Belize associates primarily with the English-speaking Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, or Trinidad and Tobago.

The origin of the name Belize is unclear, but one idea is that the name is from the Maya word belix, meaning “muddy water,” applied to the Belize River.

Before the arrival of Europeans, Belize was part of the territory of the Maya. The Mopan Maya were the original inhabitants of Belize. The Maya civilization spread itself over Belize beginning around 1500 BC and flourished until about AD 900. In the late classic period of Maya civilization (before A.D. 1000), as many as 400,000 people may have lived in the area that is now Belize. Some lowland Maya still occupied the area when Europeans arrived in the 1500s. Spanish colonists tried to settle the inland areas of Belize, but they abandoned these efforts following Maya rebellion against Spanish authority.

English and Scottish buccaneers known as the Baymen first settled on the coast of Belize in 1638, seeking a sheltered region from which they could attack Spanish ships (see English settlement in Belize). The settlers turned to cutting logwood during the 1700s. The wood yielded a fixing agent for clothing dyes that was vital to the European woolen industry. The Spanish granted the British settlers the right to occupy the area and cut logwood in exchange for an end to piracy. Historical accounts from the early 1700s note that Africans were brought to the settlement from Jamaica to work as slaves and cut timber. As early as 1800 Africans outnumbered Europeans by about four to one. By then the settlements primary export had shifted from logwood to mahogany.

For fear of provoking Spanish attack, the British government did not initially recognize the settlement in Belize as a colony. It allowed the settlers to establish their own laws and forms of government. During this time a few wealthy settlers gained control of the local legislature, known as the Public Meeting, as well as of most of the settlements land and timber. The British first appointed a superintendent over the area in 1786.

The Spanish, who claimed sovereignty over the whole of Central America, tried often to gain control by force over Belize, but they were not successful. Spains last attack ended on 10 September, 1798, when the people of Belize decisively defeated a Spanish fleet at the Battle of St. George’s Caye. The anniversary of the battle is now a national holiday in Belize.

In the early 1800s the British sought greater control over the settlers, threatening to suspend the Public Meeting unless it observed the governments instructions to abolish slavery. Slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1838, but this did little to change working conditions for laborers in the Belize settlement. Slaves of the colony were valued for their potentially superior abilities in the work of mahogany extraction. As a result, former slave owners in British Honduras earned £53.6.9 on average per slave, the highest amount paid in any British territory.

In 1836, after the emancipation of Central America from Spanish rule, the British claimed the right to administer the region. In 1862 Great Britain formally declared it a British Crown Colony, subordinate to Jamaica, and named it British Honduras. As a colony Belize began to attract British investors. Among the British firms that dominated the colony in the late 1800s was the Belize Estate and Produce Company, which eventually acquired half of all the privately held land in the colony. Belize Estates influence accounts in part for the colonys reliance on the mahogany trade throughout the rest of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.

Copyright Jim Rogers – provided as a special contribution to The Fenton Report

Comments

Moniqtee says:

Belize is a country. That is a fact. You do not need to apply for a
“Belize” visa to go to Belize. When you arrive, you will be granted the
visa upon entry. They will tell you how long you can stay. If you want to
stay longer, will need to go Belmopan, the capital of Belize and apply for
an extended stay. There is really no other way to get but from Belize or
somewhere like in the US where there is a Belizean Embassy if you want it
ahead of time.

annaMONEA says:

@checkist1917 you probally just send messeges to your self all day and jack
off and watch pornos cause u cnt get shit . you have no life you probally
have yourself as friends you dumb ass joke you can suck on some monkey
balls and suck a dezze fucks some pocket pussy(you already do that ) or
fuuck your mom you ought to get a whip out of her old pussy with spiderwebs
cause your dad is a bitch strait PUSSY EATER and he hits like a BITCH

cpr58 says:

Beautiful country I fell in Love with and felt at home in the first time I
visited it. I would love to return again someday to stay for a even longer
time.

davlor86 says:

I’m mexican but i would love to go to Belize some day 😉

pgbk87 says:

Punta and Reggae mostly

annaMONEA says:

@checkist1917 so basically your calling your self gay… wow reallly brave
over the internet comming out the closet why couldnt you tell your
parrents.and let me guess your HIV possitive since u mess around with all
the hores expecially because u like shribled up wrinkly dicks because thats
the kind of female bitch you are u go around pretendin your a bitch to get
fucked by dudes so im done dumbass looser oh nnd just like you can have a
new account so can the next person and the next.BITCH!!!!!!

pablo martinez chi says:

@annaMONEA esta bien jodido todo el pais

chikibertobecerra92 says:

is that the accent belizean talk??

harlemsoldier83 says:

thats how we sound when we speak English. but spanish and Kriol are what we
speak to each other. and english to outsiders..

Moniqtee says:

No you SILLY FUCK. REAL NATIVE AMERICANS SPEAK AN INDIAN LANGUAGE.. Like my
MAYAN people in Belize! Take your diseased small pox carrying ass BACK TO
EUROPE… How’s that for a REALITY CHECK!

checkist1917 says:

@annaMONEA I’d rather buy whore than sell chump. I know all the lingo just
like they do. The ladyboys are very nice, and if they’re good enough,
they’re old enough. What do you think I do — ask for their passport?
LMFAO!!! I’ll smoke you just like I’ll smoke that electro ace. He ain’t won
shit, and I always have a new account, and there’s fuck all you can do
about it. Got that sparky?

harlemsoldier83 says:

mostly punta we listen to .. but also reggae, reggaeton, some cumbia and
bachata and soca

strikehoreges says:

jajaja chiapas y belize se separan de guatemala XD

streetwhereulive says:

My husband’s aunt was a nun at the convent in Belize city. His people
worked for a man named Mr. Williamson who was in the Mahogany trade. When
he died Mr. Williamson left a peninsula called Panacarcus (can’t spell it)
to all of my husband’s mother’s unmarried brother’s and sisters. Only one
of them still own their part of it. I was there 30 years ago when everyone
still used Collect Canal. An aunt still has a house on King street. My
purse was grabbed by the nicest little man.

Moniqtee says:

Yes the fuck it does. DEAL WITH IT.

annaMONEA says:

@checkist1917 im tired of arguing with a nobody a looser what ever dumbass

pgboyz2008 says:

GO study geography and come back again, I bet you’re from Guatemala, Always
a hater!

Fernando G.A. says:

WHAT KIND OF MUSIC LISTEN IN BELIZE?

jessebaby1000 says:

Nice people !

Villa Brisas R.S says:

No point,The Caribs, the native indians that were destroyed and wiped out
by the conquistadores when they first discovered the new world around
1492,or 94,Cuba etc. were the only Caribeans,what i was trying to explain
was that neither geographically or politically Belize is considered a
Caribean country. It’s Central America.

Nicolas D.S. says:

why did you say that?

annaMONEA says:

@checkist1917 noo not aLL but i guest your family knows the lingo since
that buisness is in youur family man whore

pgbk87 says:

Thats how Belizeans speak around white ppl….. Belizeans speak Belizean
Kriol

JuanEnriqueMarti says:

@merinoarnoldo Guatemala really isn’t a country either, you disgusting
piece of trash; it’s an artificial creation that manifested itself from the
disintegration of the United Provinces of Central America.

JuanEnriqueMarti says:

@possumedd Go fuck yourself, you disgusting wannabe-white racist.

belizeexcursions says:

Belize City is a lovely place. We stayed at D’nest Inn for a few days and
got hooked up with a tour guide by the name of Donald Ramirez. Donald is an
X-cop and is a very informative tour guide. He made our stay in Belize City
memorable. He was not expensive to hire and he is a cool guide to hang our
with. I recommend his services to all. You can find him at
actionboysbelize(dotcom)

ldsshoreexcursions says:

We used Donald Ramirez for cave tubing and zip line. We got a group
discount of $85.00 since it was 11 of us and I went free as the group
leader. It was fun. Donald is a great representative of Belize and we
recommend hist services. You can google ” Donald Ramirez Belize ” and you
will find him.

PINTO911 says:

Weh di gwahn?

pablo martinez chi says:

eta bien jodido belize ni carreteras buenas tienen soy de chetumal

checkist1917 says:

@annaMONEA You don’t need to chimp. The whores all know the lingo, and they
are dirt cheap. Go there all the time ace.

annaMONEA says:

BELIZE !!!!!!!!!!!

maverickjb10 says:

Are you stupid or what

indigotravel says:

I read so much hate below about differences in countries and cultures, I
understand people want respect but come on people we are all one! Bless you
all.

belizecitytours says:

Thanks for sharing. If it was not for you I would not have found Donald
Ramirez. We stayed at the Radisson and booked a combination of cave tubing,
zip line, and mayan ruins with him. This guy is cool to hang out with. He
is popular and gets around real well. We had a blast with Donald. I
recommend his services.

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