Belize History

Mayan Civilization

From one to two million Mayans lived in Belize from 1000 BC to 1500 AD when
they disappeared.


Christopher Columbus sailed along the Central America coast in 1502 and
found the bay of Honduras bordering the southern part of the barrier reef of
Belize. English Puritans were the first settlers in Belize. Ship wrecked sailors,
pirates, and adventurers set up permanent bases in Belize raiding the Spanish
galleons carrying gold, silver and wood from Central America to Europe.

Logging became the leading industry and Belize became the home to loggers
called “Baymen” after the Bay of Honduras. The British harvested timber and
fought the Spanish until treaties signed in 1763 and 1786 allowed the British to
continue occupying and logging in exchange of protecting the Spanish galleons
from marauding pirates.


England declared Belize to be a colony known as British Honduras in the
1840’s. European settlers married freed slaves creating the Creole majority,
which still dominates the population of Belize.


Belize grew to almost 40,000 inhabitants by the early 1900’s. A destructive
hurricane destroyed Belize City in 1931. In the 1930’s the economy became so
poor that the residents began to demand independence. In 1954, voting rights
were granted to all citizens. In 1961, England agreed to begin the process for
independence. In 1973, the name British Honduras changed to Belize and on
September 21, 1981, Belize became independent.

Belize is the only Central American country where English is the official
language having been a British colony for more than a century.

The total land area is 8,867 square miles (22,966 km2) with a population of a
little over 300,000 with the capital being Belize City.


The government of Belize is a combination of Constitutional monarchy with a
Parliamentary democracy.

Belize has a long history of peace, stability and democracy. It became a British
Crown Colony in 1862 and achieved its independence in 1981. Belize is a
member of the British Commonwealth, the United Nations and the Non Aligned-

The political system is based on the British Westminster model with Queen
Elizabeth II being represented by a Belizean Governor General. Executive
authority is exercised by the cabinet under the leadership of the Prime Minister,
the Head of State, and is subject to approval by a 29-member House of
Representatives freely elected every five years, in addition there is an 8-
member Senate with the majority appointed on the recommendation of the
Prime Minister.

There are two main political parties where both parties are committed to the
economic development of the country.

Legal System

The law of Belize is derived from English Common Law supplemented by local
legislation. The court system is also similar to that in England and contract and
commercial law is based on the English law model. Belize is not a signatory
to any agreement with other sovereign nations that would interfere with the
confidentiality and the security of the Offshore Business environment.

Travel Guide

Belize is about the same size as Wales. The reef and the numerous caves and
atolls make this one of the world’s most favorable destinations for snorkeling,
scuba diving, and swimming. Marine researchers rave about the famous “Blue
Hole”, a collapsed submerged cave 1,000 feet in diameter and 412 feet deep.
Belize has the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere.

Year round warm climates and warm, clear blue Caribbean sea and tropical
forests filled with wildlife and mysterious Mayan ruins makes Belize a first rate
tourist destination.

Belize City offers an excellent zoo, a new museum, historic buildings, and the
famous Mayan site of Altun Ha.

World-class hiking, kayaking, bird watching and exploring are offered in Belize.

The Belize Barrier Reef, the longest in the Northern Hemisphere, offers a
paradise for fishermen, divers, and snorkelers.

Hundreds of coral islands dot the 176 mile reef offering a haven for a variety
of water sports. Inland Belize holds within its history a center of the Mayan
culture with many archaeological sites throughout the country in various states
of exploration.

A major portion of the country is comprised of jungle perfect for explorers with
natural, untouched and protected wilderness offering spectacular adventures.
The balmy, sub-tropical climate with a cool Caribbean breeze invites the tourist
anytime of the year to visit the adventurous coast.

For the avid golfer, Belize provides two of the most important ingredients for a
good golfing atmosphere; great weather and pristine courses. Belize is home to
some gorgeous and challenging golf courses. Whether you prefer playing with
a jungle or ocean backdrop, Belize golf courses provide both.

Belize is divided into six districts, and each has something special to offer
visitors. If you are looking for inland activities in jungle landscapes, or a marine
destination, each of the six districs provide something for everyone.

There are a variety of accommodations from international hotels and guest
houses to inland resorts of thatched-roof cabanas as well as restaurants
providing a wide range of cuisine.


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Services Overview

Offshore banking using Belize banks is easy. You never have to travel to Belize to conduct banking business. From anywhere in the world you can use
the internet, e-mail, courier service, or even by telephone simply contacting your banking representative or through a registered agent. You can also obtain Debit and ATM bank cards accepted worldwide. International currencies
(including USD) bank accounts can be opened in Belize. Contact Us.

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Telephone: ++ (507) 227 – 6645 
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