Belize

Mayan culture flourished 300 BCE-900 CE; Cortés probably crossed area in 1524, though not settled by Spanish; settled by English seamen in mid-17th century; Africans were brought here as slaves for logging industry; Guatemala claims the territory; official language is English, though Spanish and Mayan dialects are also spoken.

Quick Facts on Belize

Go Historic ID
36581
Names
Belize
Population
405,633 (#175 in world) (2021 est.)
Languages
English 62.9% (official), Spanish 56.6%, Creole 44.6%, Maya 10.5%, German 3.2%, Garifuna 2.9%, other 1.8%, unknown 0.3%, none 0.2% (cannot speak) (2010 est.)
Ethnic Groups
mestizo 52.9%, Creole 25.9%, Maya 11.3%, Garifuna 6.1%, East Indian 3.9%, Mennonite 3.6%, White 1.2%, Asian 1%, other 1.2%, unknown 0.3% (2010 est.)
Religions
Roman Catholic 40.1%, Protestant 31.5% (includes Pentecostal 8.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 5.4%, Anglican 4.7%, Mennonite 3.7%, Baptist 3.6%, Methodist 2.9%, Nazarene 2.8%), Jehovah's Witness 1.7%, other 10.5% (includes Baha'i, Buddhist, Hindu, Mormon, Muslim, Rastafarian, Salvation Army), unspecified 0.6%, none 15.5% (2010 est.)