Known as British Honduras until 1981, Belize, though geographically part of Central America, has little in common with her neighbors sharing more in common with the British Caribbean. Vestiges of British colonial influence can be seen in language, religion, and politics. So pervasive is this influence that Belize resembles a miniature Britain more than a Central American republic. Few people in Belize fall below the poverty line and eco-tourism is rapidly becoming a valuable source of governmental income, although agriculture remains the backbone of the economy.
||287,730 (July 2006 est.)
||22,966 sq km
||slightly smaller than Massachusetts
||English (official), Spanish, Mayan, Garifuna (Carib), Creole