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Belize is the smallest country in Central America — about 200 miles by 50 miles — Belize is also the only English-speaking territory in the region, a legacy of its colonial past. The land that's now Belize was once part of the vast Maya empire. Belize was granted independence on September 21, 1981.  Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation because of its longstanding territorial dispute with the British colony, claiming that Belize belonged to Guatemala. About 1,500 British troops remained in Belize to deter any possible incursions for some time.

Offshore, the Belize Barrier Reef is second only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef in size and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city itself originated as a logging camp and export center for mahogany in the 1600’s. After the Maya who were the original inhabitants, came British and Scottish Pirates who used the area’s many creeks and mangrove swamps as natural hiding out areas and a base from which to loot passing Spanish ships laden with treasure.
It is said that the wonderful brick buildings found in the city are the result of the movement of mahogany back to the British Isles and to keep the lightweight ships well balanced in the ocean, bricks were loaded on the vessels for their return to Belize.

I got off the ship and got on a small three cart mobile vehicle and as I sat down, this strange looking fellow walked by me, I took his picture and was going try and communicate with him and the vehicle that was towing our cart went quickly and so did he. I guessed he was made up like that for tourists,but have no idea for what purpose he served. Scary fellow.

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