A Little Piece of Britain – Belize
Formerly known as British Honduras, Belize is located in Central America. The nation was associated with Great Brittan throughout most of its history. Although it gained its independence in the early 1980’s, it is still considered to be a member of the Commonwealth, making Queen Elizabeth II its head of state. The culture of Belize is very diverse.
Travel guides point out that it is the only Central American country with English as its primary language. Its citizens also speak Spanish and Kriol. Many people who travel to Belize do so to participate or watch some of its many sporting events. Popular sports include football, track and field, basketball, softball, cycling and volleyball. Its many source of economic growth is the tourist industry. It has one of the lowest population densities in the entire world. The Black Orchid is the country’s national flower, while the Mahogany tree is the national tree.
The motto of the country is actually “Sub Umbra Florero” which translates to under the shade of the Mahogany tree I flourish” Mahogany played an important role in the early history of the nation when the forests where pillage for the beautiful wood which was than exported to England. The Kell Billed Toucan is the nation’s bird and the Tapir is its national animal. Both of these animals are protected by law. It has one of the highest birth rates in world and its population is generally considered to be very young and growing. Belize has granted its citizens religious freedom. The predominate religion is Christianity, with nearly 50% of the citizens belonging to the Roman Catholic Church.
Belize has a rich and diverse history which makes it one of the best tourist destinations in Central America. It is a country on the verge of exploding, with a growing birth rate and excellent governmental practices.