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Belize Day 1

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Belize Project

on 1 March 2013

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Languages Official Language:
Second Language:
Belizean Kriol Parliamentary Representative
Democratic Monarchy?
Constitutional Monarchy

2 major political parties:
The People’s United Party (PUP)
The United Democratic Party (UDP)

Commonwealth of Nations
Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
The United Nations
Organization of American States
Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana (SICA). '/ai mi ron/
I run (habitually); I ran
/ai di ron/
I am running
/ai mi di ron/
I was running
/ai mi ron/ or /Ai ɡaan ron/
I have run; I had run
/ai wa(n) ron/ or /ai ɡwein ron/
I am going to run; I will run History of Belize Flags British Honduras Belize Independence Flag National Flag Fun fact: Belize is the only country in the world to have a national flag depicting human beings! Established: 1981
Blue, white and red Coat of Arms Timber economy
Mahogany Tree National Tree Mahogany Tree National Bird Kill Billed Toucan
Known for its bright feathers
Frog like croak National Flower Black Orchid National Animal Tapir
Endangered M
S World Map Western Hemisphere North America Central America Physical Features Size: 22,966 sq km
*Slightly smaller than MA* Fun Fact: Belize is the only Central American country without a coastline on the Pacific Ocean Maya Mountains Doyles Delight Belize Barrier Reef Belize Cayes
"Keys" Major Rivers: Belize River
Sibun River
New River RELIGION Religious practice in public schooling
Religious freedom widely accepted
Majority of Christian holidays are celebrated Strong Christian Presence Belize and the Maya History Districts Total Population: 327, 719 Corozal: Population: 35,00
District Capital: Corozal Town
Spanish Speaking
Sugar cane
Mayan ruins Orange Walk Population: 48,000
District Capital: Orange Walk
"Sugar City"
Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area Ethnic Groups Mestizo 48.7%
Kriol 24.9% Maya 10.6%
Garifuna 6.1% Other 9.7% Belize Distrct Population: 100,100
District Capital: Belize City
Includes Cayes Cayo Population: 53,715
District Capital: San Igacio
Nation Capital: Belmopan
Grand Mayan Ruins
Universities Stann Creek Population: 26,6555
Stann = "Safe haven"
District Capital: Dangriga
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Jaguar Preserve
Great Blue Hole Toledo Population: 23,815
District Capital: Punta
"Forgotten District"
Growing Tourism Climate Sub tropical climate
High humidity
50°F to 95° F
Rains at least over 100 days per year Dry season
Wet Season
May-November Best time to visit!! Hurricanes Hurricane Season:
June 1 - November 30 National Holidays National Heroes and Benefactors Day Commonwealth Day St. George's Caye Day Independence Day Pan American Day Garifuna Settlement Day Christmas Boxing Day Lets Learn Some Kriol Endangered Languages:
Mopan Maya - 9%
Garifuna - 3%
Plautdietsch - 3% Belizean Politics Mayan Dress Kriol Dress Garifuna Modern Clothes Traditional Dress 1000 B.C. -- The Maya moved into Belize, and their civilization flourished here until about 1000 A.D. Little is known about Belize from that time until explorers reach the coastal areas in the 1500s 1638 Shipwrecked British sailors established the first European settlement and gradually gained control of the country 1700-1710 First African slaves brought to Belize for the timber cutting industy 1783 Treaty of Paris confirms Britain's right to conduct logging in Belize 1838 SLAVERY IS OUTLAWED, BUT THE BLACK POPULATION IS STILL SUBJECT TO RESTRICTIONS 1862 Belize formally becomes a British colony, "British Honduras," while the U.S. was in Civil War 1919 "The Ex-Serviceman's Riot:" the start of the Belizean independent movement 1973 1981 Capital moved from Belize City to Belmopan because of hurricane threat British Honduras becomes independent nation of Belize You better BELIZE it! Belizian Government Legislative Executive Judicial Head of State
Queen Elizabeth
Governor General
Colville Young
Prime Minister
Dean Oliver Barrow House of Representatives - 31
Senate - 12 Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
The Privy Council
Magistrate Court NAtional Product Exports Leaders in
Power Prime Minister of Belize: Dean Barrow - Prime Minister since Feburary 2008
- Leader of UDP
- Won elections in 2008 and 2012
- First black Prime Minister of Belize Governor General of Belize: Colville Young

- One of founding members of the Liberal Party
- A short lived political party that eventually became part of the UDP National Anthem 1511 Gonzalo Guerrero Esta tierra que mira al oriente
cuna fue del primer mestizaje
que nació del amor sin ultraje
de Gonzalo Guerrero y Za’asil Oh, this land that looks off to the east
the cradle of the first mestizo,
born from the pure loving breast
of Gonzalo Guerrero and Za’asil War History -Guatemala still retains a territorial claim to Belize from rights as former spanish colony
-Referendum is scheduled for 2013 where International Court of Justice will make a decision on the matter Fun Facts Animal Rights Prison Missionaries Easter -First European to arrive was Gonzalo Guerrero from Spain in 1511
-British arrived in 1655 and began colonizing Belize with the Spanish
-1600's to 1798 was marked by incursions by various pirate groups
-September 3-30, 1798--Battle of St. George's Caye
-Spanish tried invading from Mexico but Baymen (resident woodcutters) and English Navy prevailed Education! Economy! Unemployment Rate:
13.9% 2009 (CIA World Factbook)
23.2% 2010 (Statistical Institute of Belize) Based on loose aggregate of British education system with 3 levels Primary Education (First 8 years)) Secondary Education
(High School)
(") Post-Secondary
-St. John's College, Belize
-Belize Teacher's College
-Belize School of Nursing
-Belize College of Agriculture NOW PLEASE
TO THE WHITE BOARD Christmas Garifuna
Settlement Day Dia de
San Pedro Holiday Foods White Relleno
Rumpopo Gungade
Hudut Rum
Fruits Belizean Food Terms
“Drinking Tea” Beverages
Cashew wine
Ginger beer
Seaweed Cocktail Staple Foods
Rice & Beans
Tropical Fruits A combination of African and European ethnicity was the origin of Belize's Kriol population Economic Breakdown Mostly small and private Agriculture Citrus Sugar Bananas Seafood Tourism Ecotourism! #1 foreign exchange earner Oil Where does Belize export most of their oil? #1 Export! Textiles Fast growing garment industry! Employment! Agriculture 10.2%
Industry 18.1%
Services 71.1% Labor Force 120,500 people
Lack skilled labor and technical personnel 43% of Belizeans live below poverty line - Also the patron of the Scout Association of Belize - Appointed Governor General in 1993, taking office on November 17th - Interested in promoting the development of Belizean music LANGUAGE! Potato Salad
Black Fruitcake
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