Belize City – The Commercial Hub of the Belize Islands
Belize City is the biggest city of the Belize islands that are situated on the Caribbean Archipelago. It is a city that has approximately 71,000 people and is located at the mouth of the River Belize, from which it took its name. The city is the main commercial, industrial and financial hub of the island and its main port. Today, it is also considered to be one of the top tourist destinations in the Caribbean, as thousands of tourists travel there every year.
It was originally founded during the 1600s by Brits; all findings about its previous situation show that Belize City was actually a Mayan City and its name was Holzuz. The history of the city is rich but not that happy always. It was almost entirely destructed twice: first time in 1931 by a hurricane, and second in 1961 when again a violent hurricane, named Hattie, hit the shores of the city on October 31st. This is the reason why the government and most official buildings moved to the capital city of Belmopan in 1970. At that point, the city was the capital of the British Honduras, as the official name of the island used to be. The city has also been partially destroyed by fires that burst out in 1999 and 2004.
Belize City was the ideal place for the British due to its convenient location; it provided access to both the sea and the river, as well as to several lagoons in the area. Brits brought many slaves from Africa to work at the local factories and forest industry.
Belize City is the starting point to visit the numerous attractions of the Belize Island, which features several monuments and natural beauties. Among the highlights of the city, which you can find in every travel guide, is the only manual swing bridge in the world.