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24th Sep '16 10:51:37 PM Bat178
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For whatever reason, Belize is often overlooked and is widely regarded as an obscure Central American nation. But despite being in Central America, Belize is not (culturally) Central American and is usually seen as being Caribbean. It's even a member of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_Community CARICOM]].

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For whatever reason, Belize is often overlooked and is widely regarded as an obscure Central American nation. But despite being in Central America, Belize is not (culturally) Central Latin American and is usually seen as being Caribbean. It's even a member of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_Community CARICOM]].
13th Jul '14 3:00:14 PM phital
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The PUP ultimately wanted for Belize to become independent but they were hesitant to due to neighbouring Guatemala's claim to Belizean sovereignty. Because Belize had only been created because the British agreed to build a railway from Belmopan to Guatemala City, and they did not, the Guatemalan government still believed that the land controlled by Belize was rightfully theirs. In 1972, the British Navy even had to send HMS ''Ark Royal'' in a high-speed dash across the Atlantic to [[GunboatDiplomacy ward off a feared Guatemalan invasion.]] The only reason that Guatemala did not invade the colony was because that would lead to war with Britain, and they were already suffering from [[Guatemalan Civil War problems of their own.]] Belize did however manage to become entirely independent in 1981 but the British agreed to deploy troops in Belize to protect them.

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The PUP ultimately wanted for Belize to become independent but they were hesitant to due to neighbouring Guatemala's claim to Belizean sovereignty. Because Belize had only been created because the British agreed to build a railway from Belmopan to Guatemala City, and they did not, the Guatemalan government still believed that the land controlled by Belize was rightfully theirs. In 1972, the British Navy even had to send HMS ''Ark Royal'' in a high-speed dash across the Atlantic to [[GunboatDiplomacy ward off a feared Guatemalan invasion.]] The only reason that Guatemala did not invade the colony was because that would lead to war with Britain, and they were already suffering from [[Guatemalan Civil War problems of their own.]] Belize did however manage to become entirely independent in 1981 but the British agreed to deploy troops in Belize to protect them.
13th Jul '14 2:52:57 PM phital
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Initially, the economy of the settlement in modern day Belize City was based around logwood, which can be used to produce a variety of colored dyes such as blacks, blues and purples, making it important for clothing and hat manufacturers. However, due to an oversupply of logwood, the price began to plummet, sinking from around 100 pounds per tonne in 1650 to 10 pounds per tonne in the 1760's. Fortunately, the hard, efficient wood mahogany grew abundantly in the Central American lowlands of Belize, and the country began shifting its economy towards mahogany extraction and export. The logging trade in the area grew and earned money for the British, all in spite of it taking place on Spanish territory.

While fears of Spanish enforcement of their claims to the territory were pervasive and constant amongst the Baymen, there was a specific economic advantage to their settlement--as they were, legally, not technically a British colony, exports from Belize were not subject to the Navigation Act, which effectively gave them a loophole to bypass certain economic restrictions. Eventually, during the signing of the 1763 treaty of Paris, Spain agreed continue allowing the trade to continue. The Baymen continued to expand their trade throughout the area and this agitated the Spanish, who felt that they were encroaching on their land. This increased tension between Britain and Spain and in the 1780's the Spanish began deporting Baymen to Cuba.

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Initially, the economy of the settlement in modern day Belize City was based around logwood, which can be used to produce a variety of colored dyes such as blacks, blues and purples, making it important for clothing and hat manufacturers. However, due to an oversupply of logwood, the price began to plummet, sinking from around 100 pounds per tonne in 1650 to 10 pounds per tonne in the 1760's. Fortunately, the hard, efficient wood mahogany grew abundantly in the Central American lowlands of Belize, and the country began shifting its economy towards mahogany extraction and export. The logging trade in the area grew and earned grew, earning money for the British, all British in spite of it taking place on Spanish territory.

While fears of Spanish enforcement of their territorial claims to the territory were pervasive and constant amongst the Baymen, there was a specific economic advantage to the dubious status of their settlement--as they were, legally, not technically a British colony, exports from Belize were not subject to the Navigation Act, which effectively gave them a loophole to bypass certain economic restrictions. Eventually, during the signing as part of the 1763 treaty of Paris, Spain agreed continue allowing the trade to continue. The Baymen continued to expand their trade throughout the area and this area, which agitated the Spanish, who as they felt that they the British were encroaching on their land. This increased tension between Britain and Spain the two countries, and in the 1780's the Spanish began deporting Baymen to Cuba.



The colonial office began to crack down on British Honduras and took great steps to try and control the colony. They enforced the slavery ban but, although slavery was now illegal, there were still massive inequalities between the former slave-owning landowners and the former slaves. Many former slaves had no choice but to continue working in the logging industry. British Honduras attracted many British businesses, most notably the Belize Estate and Produce company, who bought almost half of the private land in the colony. British Honduras soon became entirely incorporated into the British Empire and was now reliant on the UK.

The great depression, which took place in the 1930's, crippled the British Honduran economy, which was dependent on selling timber to a British market. Demand for timber in the UK fell and unemployment became widespread. This caused a general sense of resent for the government amongst the unemployed, since the government had refused to introduce a minimum wage in the colony. In 1931, Belize was further damaged by a hurricane which destroyed parts of Belize City. The government reacted to this poorly and this caused riots throughout British Honduras during 1934, in response to this, the government legalised trade unions.

Many people from British Honduras went to fight in the second world war as part of the British forces but after the second world war, economic situations in the colony had not improved at all. After the second world war, many British colonies throughout the world were becoming independent and this led to an independence movement in British Honduras and the founding of the 'Peoples United Party (PUP)', who wanted constitutional change for the colony. In 1964 the British colonial office gave the colony some self-governance and the PUP was the first party in office, with George Price as the first prime minister. Price changed the capital from Belize City to Belmopan in 1970 and changed the name of the colony to 'Belize' in 1973.

The PUP ultimately wanted for Belize to become independent but they were hesitant to due to neighbouring Guatemala's claim to Belizean sovereignty. Because Belize had only been created because the British agreed to build a railway from Belmopan to Guatemala City, and they did not, the Guatemalan government believed that the land controlled by Belize was rightfully theirs. In 1972, the British Navy even had to send HMS ''Ark Royal'' in a high-speed dash across the Atlantic to [[GunboatDiplomacy ward off a feared Guatemalan invasion.]] The only reason that Guatemala did not invade the colony was because that would lead to war with Britain. Belize did however manage to become entirely independent in 1981 but the British agreed to deploy troops in Belize to protect them.

Guatemala was the only nation not to recognise Belize and classed it as a breakaway territory. Negotiations between Guatemala, Belize, and the United Kingdom began. The three nations decided that the original decision was not worth fighting over and in 1991, Guatemala recognised Belize as a sovereign nation. In 1999 however, Guatemala changed its mind and renewed its claim over Belize. Guatemala deployed its army along the border with Belize who responded by placing its army on their side of the border. The British army also still remains in Belize. Why the British don't simply build the railroad so as to make amends is anyone's guess.

Belize is a very mixed nation, English is the official language although Spanish is also widely spoken. Most people in Belize are mixed race, descendant from English speaking settlers, African slaves and Spanish speaking refugees. Not only is Belize in the Commonwealth but it is also a commonwealth realm, meaning that Belize recognizes [[HMTheQueen Queen Elizabeth II]] as its own head of state.

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The colonial office began to crack down on British Honduras and took great steps to try and control the colony. They enforced the slavery ban but, although slavery was now illegal, there were still massive inequalities between the former slave-owning landowners and the former slaves. Many former slaves had no choice but to continue working in the logging industry. British Honduras attracted many British businesses, most notably the Belize Estate and Produce company, who bought almost half of the private land in the colony. In the 1860's, British Honduras soon became entirely incorporated into the British Empire and was now reliant on the UK.

Empire, becoming a Crown Colony about a decade later.

The great depression, which took place in the 1930's, crippled the British Honduran economy, which was dependent on selling timber to a the British market. Demand for timber in the UK fell and unemployment became widespread. This caused a general sense of resent for resentment towards the government amongst the unemployed, government, since the government had refused to introduce a minimum wage in the colony.colony, and was generally slow to respond to their demands for change, if they responded at all. In 1931, Belize was further damaged by a hurricane which destroyed parts of Belize City. The government reacted to this poorly and this caused riots throughout British Honduras during 1934, in 1934. In response to this, the government legalised trade unions.

Many people from British Honduras went to fight in the second world war as part of the British forces forces, but after the second world war, the economic situations situation in the colony had not improved at all. After the second world war, many British colonies throughout the world were becoming independent and this led leading to an independence movement in British Honduras and the founding of the 'Peoples United Party (PUP)', who wanted constitutional change for the colony. In 1964 the British colonial office gave the colony some self-governance and the PUP was the first party in office, with George Price as the first prime minister. Price changed the capital from Belize City to Belmopan in 1970 and changed the name of the colony to 'Belize' in 1973.

The PUP ultimately wanted for Belize to become independent but they were hesitant to due to neighbouring Guatemala's claim to Belizean sovereignty. Because Belize had only been created because the British agreed to build a railway from Belmopan to Guatemala City, and they did not, the Guatemalan government still believed that the land controlled by Belize was rightfully theirs. In 1972, the British Navy even had to send HMS ''Ark Royal'' in a high-speed dash across the Atlantic to [[GunboatDiplomacy ward off a feared Guatemalan invasion.]] The only reason that Guatemala did not invade the colony was because that would lead to war with Britain. Britain, and they were already suffering from [[Guatemalan Civil War problems of their own.]] Belize did however manage to become entirely independent in 1981 but the British agreed to deploy troops in Belize to protect them.

Guatemala was the only nation not to recognise recognize Belize and classed classified it as a breakaway territory. Negotiations between Guatemala, Belize, and the United Kingdom began. The three nations decided that the original decision was not worth fighting over and in 1991, Guatemala recognised recognized Belize as a sovereign nation. In 1999 however, Guatemala changed its mind and renewed its claim over Belize. Guatemala deployed its army along the border with Belize who responded by placing its army on their side of the border. The British army also still remains in Belize. Why the British don't simply build the railroad so as to make amends is anyone's guess.

Belize is a very mixed nation, nation. English is the official language although language, while most of the people speak Kriol, and Spanish is also widely spoken.spoken due to a large Mestizo population. Most people in Belize are mixed race, descendant from English speaking settlers, African slaves and Spanish speaking refugees. The country, generally, has taken very kindly to immigration. Currently, major issues include unemployment, and, to a lesser extent, capital flight. Unemployment was at 23.1% in 2010, with a huge gender gap: In Corozal, a northern state, the female unemployment rate was 41%, while the male unemployment rate stood at 15.1%. In Belize, there is a general public sentiment that the minimum wage, which is double that of any of its neighbors, is immensely prohibitive. The government has been slow to act both historically and presently, and this is the cause of a reasonable degree of debate. Belize is becoming very popular as a retirement destination, and it seems as though ads for Real Estate in the country are becoming more and more frequent. Many of the hotels, businesses, and so on are owned by foreigners, who end up bringing much of the money made from the growing tourism sector out of the country. While it has an image among some tourists shaped by its resorts, mostly off of the mainland, or on the beaches, many who travel or stay further inland are surprised by what they find.

Not only is Belize in the British Commonwealth but it is also a commonwealth realm, meaning that Belize recognizes [[HMTheQueen Queen Elizabeth II]] as its own head of state.
13th Jul '14 2:30:03 PM phital
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Modern-day Belize, and the north in particular, was once home to the oldest Mayan civilisations. Ancient architecture can still be seen throughout the country. During the 16th century the Spanish claimed all of Central America as a possession, but because the Mayans living in what is now Belize would not convert to Christianity, the Spanish did not settle in the area.

The hard, efficient wood that is mahogany grows in Central America. This is the reason that British sailors/pirates began settling around the Belize river. The 'Baymen' as they became known began setting up sawmills in the area using slavery in the 1630's. The logging trade in the area grew and earned money for the British despite it taking place on Spanish territory. By the 1750's fears grew among the Spanish that the British would claim the area for themselves, and the British became worried that the Spanish would try and remove the trade from the area.

In 1763, Spain agreed continue allowing the trade as long as it retained sovereignty over the region. But because they had not defined specific boundaries, the Baymen continued to expand their trade throughout the area and this agitated the Spanish, who felt that they were encroaching on their land. This increased tension between Britain and Spain and in the 1780's the Spanish began deporting Baymen to Cuba.

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Modern-day Belize, and the north in particular, was once home to the oldest Mayan civilisations. civilizations. Ancient architecture can still be seen throughout the country. country, including the nationally important sites of Cahal Pech, Xunantunich, and Caracol. During the 16th century the Spanish claimed all of Central America as a possession, but because the Mayans living of fierce Mayan resistance in what is now Belize would not convert to Christianity, Belize, the Spanish did not settle in the area.area, instead only making brief "entradas" into the country, some violent, and some less so. Contrary to popular belief, it derives it's name from a British corruption of a spanish transliteration of a Mayan word, the word for the Belize River.

The Initially, the economy of the settlement in modern day Belize City was based around logwood, which can be used to produce a variety of colored dyes such as blacks, blues and purples, making it important for clothing and hat manufacturers. However, due to an oversupply of logwood, the price began to plummet, sinking from around 100 pounds per tonne in 1650 to 10 pounds per tonne in the 1760's. Fortunately, the hard, efficient wood that is mahogany grows grew abundantly in the Central America. This is American lowlands of Belize, and the reason that British sailors/pirates country began settling around the Belize river. The 'Baymen' as they became known began setting up sawmills in the area using slavery in the 1630's. shifting its economy towards mahogany extraction and export. The logging trade in the area grew and earned money for the British despite British, all in spite of it taking place on Spanish territory. By the 1750's territory.

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fears grew among the of Spanish that enforcement of their claims to the territory were pervasive and constant amongst the Baymen, there was a specific economic advantage to their settlement--as they were, legally, not technically a British would claim the area for themselves, and the British became worried that the Spanish would try and remove the trade colony, exports from Belize were not subject to the area.

In 1763,
Navigation Act, which effectively gave them a loophole to bypass certain economic restrictions. Eventually, during the signing of the 1763 treaty of Paris, Spain agreed continue allowing the trade as long as it retained sovereignty over the region. But because they had not defined specific boundaries, the to continue. The Baymen continued to expand their trade throughout the area and this agitated the Spanish, who felt that they were encroaching on their land. This increased tension between Britain and Spain and in the 1780's the Spanish began deporting Baymen to Cuba.



In 1823, Central America became independent from Spain and formed the 'United Provinces of Central America'. The territory that the Baymen settlement was on also seceded. In 1835 the British outlawed slavery and wanted to incorporate modern-day Belize into a British colony as to enforce this. In 1835, Guatemala became independent and the land was succeeded to them. The unrest throughout Central America caused an influx of Spanish-speaking refugees to move to what is now Belize and displace the Mayan population.

In 1859 the Guatemalan government was approached by the British who wanted them to cede the tracts of land that would become Belize. Guatemala agreed to do so, on the condition that the British build a railway from the Guatemalan capital of Guatemala City to Belmopan. The land was ceded to the British and became the colony of British Honduras, with Belize City as its capital. Despite the agreement, the British did not build a Railway from Guatemala City to Belmopan.

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In 1823, Central America became independent from Spain and formed the 'United Provinces of Central America'. The territory that the Baymen settlement was on also seceded. In 1835 the British outlawed slavery and wanted to incorporate modern-day Belize into a British colony as to enforce this. In 1835, Guatemala became independent and the land was succeeded to them. The unrest throughout Central America America, especially La Guerra de las Castas, caused an influx of Spanish-speaking refugees to move to what is now Belize and displace the Mayan population.Belize.

In 1859 the Guatemalan government was approached by the British who wanted them to cede the tracts of land that would become Belize. Guatemala agreed to do so, on the condition that the British build a railway from the Guatemalan capital of Guatemala City to Belmopan. The land was ceded to the British and became the colony of British Honduras, with Belize City as its capital. Despite the agreement, the British did not build a Railway from Guatemala City to Belmopan.
Belmopan. There were attempts to build this railroad, but most of them, unfortuanately, were largely abortive.
6th Jul '14 7:47:04 AM Aquila89
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Belize is a very mixed nation, English is the official language although Spanish is also widely spoken. Most people in Belize are mixed race, descendant from English speaking settlers, African slaves and Spanish speaking refugees. Not only is Belize in the Commonwealth but it is also a commonwealth realm, meaning that Belize recognizes [[HRHTheQueen Queen Elizabeth II]] as its own head of state.

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Belize is a very mixed nation, English is the official language although Spanish is also widely spoken. Most people in Belize are mixed race, descendant from English speaking settlers, African slaves and Spanish speaking refugees. Not only is Belize in the Commonwealth but it is also a commonwealth realm, meaning that Belize recognizes [[HRHTheQueen [[HMTheQueen Queen Elizabeth II]] as its own head of state.
28th Apr '14 7:43:03 AM Achaemenid
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The PUP ultimately wanted for Belize to become independent but they were hesitant to due to neighbouring Guatemala's claim to Belizean sovereignty. Because Belize had only been created because the British agreed to build a railway from Belmopan to Guatemala City, and they did not, the Guatemalan government believed that the land controlled by Belize was rightfully theirs. The only reason that Guatemala did not invade the colony was because that would lead to war with Britain. Belize did however manage to become entirely independent in 1981 but the British agreed to deploy troops in Belize to protect them.

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The PUP ultimately wanted for Belize to become independent but they were hesitant to due to neighbouring Guatemala's claim to Belizean sovereignty. Because Belize had only been created because the British agreed to build a railway from Belmopan to Guatemala City, and they did not, the Guatemalan government believed that the land controlled by Belize was rightfully theirs. In 1972, the British Navy even had to send HMS ''Ark Royal'' in a high-speed dash across the Atlantic to [[GunboatDiplomacy ward off a feared Guatemalan invasion.]] The only reason that Guatemala did not invade the colony was because that would lead to war with Britain. Belize did however manage to become entirely independent in 1981 but the British agreed to deploy troops in Belize to protect them.
16th Jan '13 9:35:50 AM zero5889
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->The flag's colors combine the blue/white scheme of the People's United Party (PUP), the dominant Belizean party when the country was formally granted independence and the current opposition party, and the red/white of the United Democratic Party (UDP), the current ruling party. At the center of a white disc is the coat-of-arms, showing a black man holding an oar and a white man holding an axe, guarding over a shield containing woodcutters' tools above a ship. Over the shield is a mahogany tree, Belize's main export during the 18th-19th centuries, and below is the Latin motto "Sub Umbra Floreo" ("Under the Shade I Flourish"). The coat-of-arms is finally surrounded by a garland of 25 mahogany leaves.

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->The flag's colors combine the blue/white scheme of the People's United Party (PUP), the dominant Belizean party when the country was formally granted independence and the current opposition party, and the red/white of the United Democratic Party (UDP), the current ruling party. At the center of a white disc is the coat-of-arms, showing a black man holding an oar and a white man holding an axe, guarding over a emphasizing the role of the mahogany tree in Belize's development during the 18th-19th centuries: the shield containing contains woodcutters' tools above over a ship. Over ship, supported by a white and a black man holding an axe and an oar, respectively; over the shield is a mahogany tree, Belize's main export during the 18th-19th centuries, tree itself, and below is the Latin motto "Sub Umbra Floreo" ("Under the Shade I Flourish"). The coat-of-arms is finally surrounded by a garland of 25 mahogany leaves.
16th Jan '13 9:32:21 AM zero5889
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Guatemala was the only nation not to recognise Belize and classed it as a breakaway territory. Negotiations between Guatemala, Belize, and the United Kingdom began. The three nations decided that the original decision was not worth fighting over and in 1991, Guatemala recognised Belize as a sovereign nation. In 1999 however, Guatemala changed its mind and renewed its claim over Belize. Guatemala deployed its army along the border with Belize who responded by placing its army on their side of the border. The British army also still remains in Belize. [[WhatAnIdiot Why the British don't simply build the friggin' railroad so as to make amends is anyone's guess.]]

Belize is a very mixed nation, English is the official language although Spanish is also widely spoken. Most people in Belize are mixed race, descendant from English speaking settlers, African slaves and Spanish speaking refugees. Not only is Belize in the Commonwealth but it is also a commonwealth realm, meaning that Belize recognises the monarchy of the commonwealth as its own head of state.

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Guatemala was the only nation not to recognise Belize and classed it as a breakaway territory. Negotiations between Guatemala, Belize, and the United Kingdom began. The three nations decided that the original decision was not worth fighting over and in 1991, Guatemala recognised Belize as a sovereign nation. In 1999 however, Guatemala changed its mind and renewed its claim over Belize. Guatemala deployed its army along the border with Belize who responded by placing its army on their side of the border. The British army also still remains in Belize. [[WhatAnIdiot Why the British don't simply build the friggin' railroad so as to make amends is anyone's guess.]]

guess.

Belize is a very mixed nation, English is the official language although Spanish is also widely spoken. Most people in Belize are mixed race, descendant from English speaking settlers, African slaves and Spanish speaking refugees. Not only is Belize in the Commonwealth but it is also a commonwealth realm, meaning that Belize recognises the monarchy of the commonwealth recognizes [[HRHTheQueen Queen Elizabeth II]] as its own head of state.



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->The flag's colors combine the blue/white scheme of the People's United Party (PUP), the dominant Belizean party when the country was formally granted independence and the current opposition party, and the red/white of the United Democratic Party (UDP), the current ruling party. At the center of a white disc is the coat-of-arms, showing a black man holding an oar and a white man holding an axe, guarding over a shield containing woodcutters' tools above a ship. Over the shield is a mahogany tree, Belize's main export during the 18th-19th centuries, and below is the Latin motto "Sub Umbra Floreo" ("Under the Shade I Flourish"). The coat-of-arms is finally surrounded by a garland of 25 mahogany leaves.
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10th Jul '12 2:34:37 AM ZemplinTemplar
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For whatever reason, Belize is often overlooked and is widely regarded as an obscure Central American nation. But despite being in Central America, Belize is not (culturally) Central American and is usually seen as being Caribbean, it's even in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_Community CARICOM]]

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For whatever reason, Belize is often overlooked and is widely regarded as an obscure Central American nation. But despite being in Central America, Belize is not (culturally) Central American and is usually seen as being Caribbean, it's Caribbean. It's even in a member of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_Community CARICOM]]
CARICOM]].
10th Jul '12 2:34:10 AM ZemplinTemplar
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For whatever reason, Belize is often overlooked and is widely regarded as an obscure Central American nation. But despite being in Central America, Belize is not Central American and is usually seen as being Caribbean, it's even in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_Community CARICOM]]

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For whatever reason, Belize is often overlooked and is widely regarded as an obscure Central American nation. But despite being in Central America, Belize is not (culturally) Central American and is usually seen as being Caribbean, it's even in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_Community CARICOM]]
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