History of Belize

From the Maya to the

Belize City, Belize

Belize City, Belize (Photo credit: Hickatee)

European settlers

Belize was not always Belize . Long the land was known as British Honduras, and a colony of the British Empire . Only anno 1973 it received its present name and some ten years later, Belize became independent. However, we first take a look into the past.

The history of Belize dates back far . For many centuries, the Maya are located in Belize . Bear testimony of numerous ruins of cities and temples of the Maya – scattered throughout the country. A small number of descendants of these people still live in Belize .

In the mid-17th Century then begin the Europeans to colonize the country. As an incentive, they look especially profit by trading in logwood, which can be beaten here . The coloring properties of this woody plant is known in Europe since the 16th Century. Therefore, it was in high demand as a dye for wool. But the precious exotic mahogany wood ship the settlers in the home. On the history of Belize at this time also include pirate . The privateers are focused on the island of St. George ‘s Caye domesticated one . Here they return when they finish their Pl├╝nderfahrten in the Caribbean waters . On the charges of the Spanish and British ships have targeted the pirates ! British and Spanish settlers have long time fierce battles for supremacy in Belize. End of the 18th Century then win the British an important victory against the Spaniards in the Battle of St. George ‘s Caye . In this battle ships from the UK, the Spanish fleet were far superior .

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