secret center of Belize

Belize City Boats

Belize City is many things at once : the country’s largest city , business center and main port and provincial capital of the Belize District. A look at the history of the city of Belize City : Life Founder times ( about mid-17th century ) the city was called nor Belize Town. Until 1970 Belize City was even the capital of the country .

Anyone have more and know more precisely wants a big influence on important events in the country and its people over time and wrote the history of Belize, a visit to the museums in the city should not miss : The Museum of Belize takes you on a journey into history the country and the people who inhabited it . One learns how far handed the influence of Maya in this region and what treasures they have left to posterity . The Maritime Museum of interested visitors learn in exhibitions interesting facts about the themes sea, reefs and cayes and the Art Museum Image Factory provide local artists exhibit their works to the audience .

At the beginning of the 19th Century built by the settlers of British bricks an Anglican church . She was given the name of Saint John ‘s Cathedral. Throughout Central America, there are no older Anglican church . It was next to the church even at coronation ceremonies as a backdrop. Around the same time, the white government building was built in the colonial style. Both are in very good condition . The lighthouse at the harbor thanks to the generosity of Belize Baron Bliss . At the foot of the lighthouse , the British aristocracy is buried .

Another building worth seeing located at Haulover Creek. This river runs through the city and divides it into two sides : the Northside with nobler residential areas and hotels and the Southside, where playing the commercial and economic activity. A swing bridge spans the river , creating a path from one side of town to the other. It was built in the 1920s and is still operated by hand even today. Twice a day gives way to the bridge of the ship traffic and can happen hochmastige ships.

Cheers to Baron Bliss!

Every year on the 9th March in Belize City something extraordinary place : a regatta in honor of Baron Bliss . Who was this man and thus he has earned a national holiday ? Well, for the people of Belize , this man has a special significance . They buried him in Belize and even erected a monument to him in the city . The Englishman Baron Bliss (1869-1926) came to British Honduras ( called as the country in his time ) . It was sort of love at first sight , for he saw the mainland only from his ship . Before he could take a visit, died of British aristocrats .

His affection was enough even to the point that he left the country of Belize and its people a small fortune in the form of a trust fund ! Using these funds , numerous buildings and public facilities to be built. Throughout Belize one is still grateful to the benefactor and proves it by festivities throughout the country at his death every year anew the honor .

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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 Plünderfahrten 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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