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Belize is known for its September Celebrations, its extensive barrier reef coral reefs, and punta music.
Delgado recorded the names of three major rivers that he crossed while travelling north along the Caribbean coast: Rio Soyte, Rio Xibum, and Rio Balis.
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.
The peak of this civilization occurred during the classic period, which began about 250 AD.
The Maya civilization spread across what is now Belize around 1500 BC, and flourished there until about 900 AD.
Spain's last attempt occurred on 10 September, when the Baymen repelled the Spanish fleet in a short engagement with no known casualties on either side.
Belize has a diverse society, composed of many cultures and languages that reflect its rich history.
English is the official language of Belize, while Belizean Creole is an unofficial native language.
The British first appointed a superintendent over the Belize area in 1786.
Before then the British government had not recognized the settlement as a colony for fear of provoking a Spanish attack.