• Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


HISTORY. The early settlement of the territory was probably effected by British woodcutters about 1638; from that date to 1798, in spite of armed opposition from the Spaniards, settlers held their own and prospered. In 1780 the Home Government appointed a superintendent, and in 1862 the settlement was declared a colony, subordinate to Jamaica. It became an independent colony in 1884. Self-government was attained in 1964. Independence was achieved on 21 Sept. 1981.


Credit Union Saving Bank Export Crop Foreign Economic Relation Independent Colony 
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Further Reading

  1. Abstract of Statistics 1981. Government Printer, Belize City, 1982Google Scholar
  2. Belize Today. Government Printer, monthlyGoogle Scholar
  3. Bianchi, W. J., Belize: The Controversy Between Guatemala and Great Britain. New York, 1959Google Scholar
  4. Dobson, D., A History of Belize. Belize, 1973Google Scholar
  5. Fernandez, J., Belize: Case Study for Democracy in Central America. Aldershot, 1989Google Scholar
  6. Grant, C. H., The Making of Modern Belize. OUP, 1976Google Scholar
  7. Setzekorn, W. D., Formerly British Honduras: A Profile of the New Nation of Belize. Ohio Univ. Press, 1981Google Scholar
  8. Woodward, R. L., Jr, Belize. [Bibliography] Oxford and Santa Barbara, 1980Google Scholar

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