"..(formerly British Honduras), is a country in Central America. Belize has a diverse society, composed of many cultures and speaking many languages. Although Kriol and Spanish are spoken among the population, Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language. It is bordered by Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the south and west, and the Caribbean sea to the east.
With 8,867 square miles (22,960 km²) of territory and 320,000 people (2008 est.), the population density is the lowest in the Central American region and one of the lowest in the world. However, the country's population growth rate, 2.21% (2008 est.), is the highest in the region and one of the highest in the western hemisphere. Belize's abundance of biologically significant and unique ecosystems contribute to Mesoamerica's designation as a biodiversity hotspot.
Belize is culturally unique among Central American nations. It is the only nation in Central America with a British colonial heritage, and is the only constituent nation of the Commonwealth of Nations in its region. Culturally, Belize considers itself to be Central American but keeps ties to the Caribbean Islands...
'Central America 1989: I lay in bed tonight rather exhausted but happy. I had a glorious day. Joy, my wonderful, daughter is on this trip with me and she is driving the car and carrying the supplies in front of me as I carry the cross. We came from the border of Belize and Guatemala walking along the road. There is a very wonderful response as people begin to gather. It is so good to be able to witness in my poor Spanish but most people speak English. We saw a sign saying there was a Mayan pyramid just about a mile and half off the road. We wanted to carry the cross up to the top of the pyramid. We took the cross across on a little ferry boat that a man pulls across the stream then walked to the pyramid of Xunantunich. It was so hot; I climbed all the way to the top with the cross, and almost passed out from the heat. It was beautiful to look out over the surrounding jungle and countryside and to remember the people who built this and the life they had lived and how we now stand atop and lift up the cross over these old ruins. ..