Greetings from Belize
21 Nov 2013 | From Arnold of USA
FACEBOOK SWAP | POSTCARD SENT FROM THE USA
Belize is a country in Central America bordering the Caribbean Sea. It is the only country in the area that has English as its official language; an English creole (Kriol) and Spanish are also commonly spoken.
Belize's abundance of terrestrial and marine species and its diversity of ecosystems give it a key place in the globally significant Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. Belize has a diverse society, with many cultures and languages. Originally part of the British Empire, it shares a common colonial history with other Anglophone Caribbean countries. From 1862 to 1973, its name was British Honduras. It became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1981, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.
In general, Belize is considered a Central American and Caribbean nation with strong ties to the entire Latin American and Caribbean region.
Belize is known for its September Celebrations, and is the birthplace of chewing gum and Punta music.