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8,866 sq. miles--about the size of Massachusetts Population: 307,899(2009 est.) with an annual growth rate of 2.1% Largest city: Belize City with a population of 52,600 Capital: Belmopan with a population of 7,100 most Belize peoples are of multiracial descent
Government: Republic; President Daniel Ortega(2007) Education: literacy rate 67.5%
Strong folklore, music and religious traditions which are influenced by European culture but enhanced by amerindian culture. They have many festivals such as the annual "Alegria por la vida" Carnaval.
Tropical; very hot and humid
Agriculture: Bananas, coffee, cotton and livestock are a few
49,985 sq miles-approx. the size of New York 5,891,199(2009est.) with an annual growth rate of 1.7% Largest city & capital: Managua with a population of 1,680,000
Nestled between Mexico and Guatemala on the Caribbean coast of Central America Flat, swampy coastal plain with low mountains in the south
$2800.00 is the average income
Agriculture: Bananas, corn, coca, citrus, fish & lumber to name a few. Agriculture is a key element to their economy.
Machinery, metal products, textiles and clothing
Parliamentary Democracy Governor-General: Sir Colville Young (1993) Prime Minister: Said Musa (1998) Education: Literacy rate 94%(2003est.)
garment production and construction
Bordered to the north by Honduras and to its south is Costa Rica. The Pacific Ocean is to the west and the Caribbean Sea is the east. The Pacific coast is lowlands with volcanoes and fertile land. The Caribbean coast is mostly rain forest and is called the Mosquito Coast. North central Nicaragua is mountainous.
$8100.00 is the average income
The National Bird is the Guardabarranco. Turtles are protected and come to lay their eggs every year on the beaches of Nicaragua.
Costa Rica, Nicaragua governments meet for 1st time since October Officials agree to meet again in Guatemala next month to discuss border security and crime.
The National Bird of Belize is the Keel Billed Toucan The National Animal of Belize is the Baird's Tapir-which is the American tropics largest land mammal
Tourism has grown 70% over the last 7 years
tropical, but fluctuates due to elevation
Tourism The Great Blue Hole, off the coast of Belize, is a large underwater sinkhole created by glaciation and is 984 ft across and 407 ft deep. This is a popular tourist attraction.
Wanted for manufacturing and circulating child pornography, Thomas Donahue, was wanted by the FBI.
Nicaragua is in the spotlight of primetime in a much more positive way this time with the broadcast of Survivor in Nicaragua. It will also bring in more than 6 million dollars into its tourism economy just from the show alone.
Said Musa becomes Prime Minister for a second term until 2008 when Dean Barrow took office.
Caused 10 million dollars in damage and 19,325 people were killed with 2 million people left homeless and thousands unaccounted for.
Since the 1800's Guatamala claimed the territory, so they refused to recognized Belize until Sept 1991 when they just gave up and withdrew from the negotiations.
Reagan Administration stopped US aid because they thought Cuba and the Soviet Union were helping them supply arms to El Salvador
Name changed to Belize
Killed 3,000-7,000 people, injured over 15,000 and did a lot of structural damage. 90% of the city was destroyed. This earthquake was a 6.5 magnitude and turned a major city into a remote graveyard.
General Anastasio Somoza Garcia became president. He and his family maintained control for over 40 years.
Footprints preserved in volcanic ash were found accidentally by workers. They are about 6000 years old and belong to Paleo-Indians. The Acahualinca tracks are the oldest human footprints on the American continents, and the oldest prehistoric record of human existence in Nicaragua.
Became a colony known as British Honduras
Independence from Spain
Britain and Spain both claimed the land, but it wasn't until this battle when Britain defeated the Spanish and claimed the land.
English seamen who were shipwrecked were the first European settlers.
Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba conquered Nicaragua, making it a Spanish territory. Remained a Spanish territory for about 300 years.
The land was not known as Nicaragua until the Spanish explorer Gil Gonzalez Divila named the land after an Indian King.
He sailed beside the coast of Belize but never set foot on land
The land was inhabited mostly by Indian and Mexican origin people.
In approximately the year 500, the first residents were the Paleo-indians
Even though Belize's Mayan civilization started in 1500 BC, it was thought that the population surpassed one million people in the Classic period of 250 AD to 900 AD.