Belize is known for its September Celebrations, its extensive coral reefs, and punta music.
A profusion of languages and subcultures developed within the Maya core culture.
Between about 2500 BC and 250 AD, the basic institutions of Maya civilisation emerged.
The recorded history of the middle and southern regions is dominated by Caracol, an urban political centre that may have supported over 140,000 people.
When Spanish explorers arrived in the 16th century, the area that is now Belize included three distinct Maya territories: Chetumal province, which encompassed the area around Corozal Bay; Dzuluinicob province, which encompassed the area between the New River and the Sibun River, west to Tipu; and a southern territory controlled by the Manche Ch'ol Maya, encompassing the area between the Monkey River and the Sarstoon River.
), formerly British Honduras, is an independent country on the eastern coast of Central America.
Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, on the south and west by Guatemala, and on the east by the Caribbean Sea.It is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and the Central American Integration System (SICA), the only country to hold full membership in all three regional organisations.Belize is a Commonwealth realm, with Queen Elizabeth II as its monarch and head of state.Over half the population is multilingual, with Spanish being the second most common spoken language.Belize is considered a Central American and Caribbean nation with strong ties to both the Latin American and Caribbean regions.The anniversary of the battle is a national holiday in Belize and is celebrated to commemorate the "first Belizeans" and the defence of their territory.